Monday, September 23, 2019

‘DNA of Silawan, suspect match blood on scissors’

(SunStar file)

THE DNA samples taken from teen murder victim Christine Lee Silawan and her self-confessed killer matched those found on a pair of scissors recovered from the suspect, the Philippine National Police chief confirmed.

“DNA exam on the pair of scissors reveals positive findings of presence of DNA of both victim Christine Lee Silawan and suspect Renato Llenes in the said scissors,” Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Colonel Bernard Banac said.

Police Director General Oscar Albayalde also confirmed the findings of the crime laboratory during an interview with broadcaster Raffy Tulfo over Radyo Singko in Manila.

Silawan’s mother Lourdes heard Albayalde as she was brought to the radio station by Violence Against Crime and Corruption members.

Llenes earlier admitted that he used the scissors in skinning the girl’s face so she would not be easily identified.

Llenes, 43, was arrested on April 9. He admitted to killing Silawan in the evening of March 10 and said he was under the influence of drugs at the time.

Silawan, 16, was found dead on March 11.

Llenes was the second suspect arrested in the Silawan murder case. The victim’s 18-year-old ex-boyfriend was earlier arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7.

NBI 7 Director Tomas Enrile said the police’s latest findings cannot affect their case against Silawan’s former boyfriend.

NBI 7 agents gathered evidence, including closed circuit television footage, which pointed to the girl’s former boyfriend as the killer.

The NBI central office’s laboratory confirmed that the blood found on his shirt matched with that of the victim.

“If that’s the DNA test result, then it’s possible both of them were at the crime scene. But both of them would not admit they were together,” Enrile said.

He does not believe Llenes committed the crime alone.

On Wednesday morning, April 24, Police Regional Office 7 Director Debold Sinas visited Enrile’s office to inform the latter about the crime laboratory’s DNA test result.

During the Tulfo interview, Lourdes refused to sign the complaint against Llenes as she wants to include her daughter’s former boyfriend as a respondent.

She flew to Manila as the police threatened to take legal action against her.

“Ang sabi nila sa akin pag hindi daw ako pumunta sa PNP (Philippine National Police) headquarters, haharap daw ako sa kasong obstruction of justice,” Lourdes said.

Albayalde assured he would help Lourdes. The two are scheduled to meet in Camp Crame on Thursday, April 25. (TPM of SunStar Philippines & AYB of SuperBalita Cebu/KAL)


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