THE live-in partner of Renato Llenes, who confessed to killing Christine Lee Silawan, is among those who will get a chunk of the P1-million bounty offered by the Lapu-Lapu City Government.
The reward money would be divided among 23 persons—all of them are civilians, according to Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LCPO) Director Limuel Obon.
Outgoing Mayor Paz Radaza offered the reward to persons who could lead the police to the 16-year-old victim’s killer.
Pamela (not her real name) would get a share of P43,478.26, if the bounty is equally divided among the informants.
However, Obon refused to divulge the exact amount that will be given to Pamela, saying her share and that of others would depend on the kind of information they gave to the police.
The LCPO failed to receive communication from other persons who offered reward money.
Obon said Police Regional Office 7 Director Debold Sinas, who promised P100,000, would ask for help from the Regional Advisory Council to release the amount.
The police official believes that the pledgers would give their promised amount after Radaza’s public turnover of the P1-million bounty, which is set to happen within this week, possibly on Friday, June 21.
Pamela reportedly had tipped off the police about Llenes’s possible involvement in Silawan’s murder before his arrest and subsequent confession.
Before identifying Llenes’s name, the LCPO investigators had obtained a copy of a closed-circuit television camera video, which shows Llenes’s face.
The police then showed the picture of Llenes to some residents of Barangay Pajac, including Pamela.
Pamela and some of her neighbors identified the man in the picture as Llenes.
Llenes, who has four children with Pamela, pleaded not guilty during the arraignment of his murder case last June 7.
His move was aimed at getting a plea bargain agreement with the prosecution and a downgrade of the case from murder to homicide. The prosecutors objected, saying Llenes could not be charged with homicide as he had admitted to committing a heinous crime.
Llenes broke his promise to enter a guilty plea to avoid a lengthy trial. Last April 11, he admitted killing Silawan, saying he was under the influence of illegal drugs when he committed the crime.
Silawan’s body was found last March 11 in a grassy lot in Barangay Bankal. Her face had been skinned to the bone. (From GCM of SuperBalita Cebu, KAL)