Silawan DNA found on confessed suspect

A PAIR of scissors recovered from the possession of a man who confessed to the murder of 16-year old Christine Lee Silawan in Lapu-Lapu City last January 13 both yielded the DNA of suspect and the victim whose face was also skinned by the killer, Police Regional Office 7 director, Brigadier General Debold M. Sinas said yesterday.

“The DNA of both Silawan and confessed suspect Renato Llenes were found in the pair of scissors recovered from the latter’s possession following his arrest. The DNA result has been forwarded by the PNP Crime Laboratory to our police investigators,” said Sinas.

Last April 16, cases of murder and attempted rape were filed against Llenes before the Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutor’s Office. The PRO7 director said that all pieces of evidence and testimonies of witnesses as well as the extra-judicial confession of the suspect have been submitted to the prosecutor’s office for evaluation.

The official said that Llenes is now being held at the Lapu-Lapu City Bureau of Jail Management and Penology-run city jail in connection with the charges for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 and violation of the Comelec gun ban filed against him by the police.

He added that Llenes, upon approval of his lawyer Manuel Degolascion underwent a series of mental and neutro-psychiatric evaluation supervised by Dr. Renato Obra at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center last April 13 and 15.

The test showed that the suspect has no psychopathological findings and , his testimony could withstand trial since he had exercised discernment.  Likewise, experts found no deception on his part—meaning he was telling the truth—when he was subjected to a polygraph examination by a Regional Crime Laboratory Office 7 personnel in the presence of his legal counsel last April 15.

Llenes  had confessed he was obsessed with Silawan and admitted to have murdered and skinned the victim when he surrendered to the local police last month.

The 42-year old suspect turned out to be included in the drugs watch list of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office, said Sinas.

“The suspect confessed that he was the one who killed Silawan and made an extra-judicial confession,” the official said.

According to the official, the suspect confessed he has a fetish for having sex with young girls, Silawan included and days before abducting and killing her had ‘fantasized of going to bed with her.’

Sinas said that officers went to the suspect’s residence  in Barangay Bankal in Lapu-Lapu City to question him regarding his possible involvement in the Silawan case but ended up taking him to the local police station after they discovered a loaded caliber .45 pistol in the area.

The arrest of the adult suspect came after NBI agents last March 15 arrested a teenager who was accused of killing Silawan.

Investigators said that when discovered in an empty lot in Bgy. Bangkal , half of the face of the victim was skinned, exposing her skull. A local Crime Laboratory official also said the suspects took out the anterior and front part of her neck and extracted her trachea, tongue, esophagus, right neck muscle, and right ear.

The PNP Crime Laboratory also conducted a dental forensic examination on the victim and confirmed she was the missing Silawan. The victim’s un-erupted molars also proved she was a minor, said PNP forensic dentist, Chief Inspector Dindo Herrera.

An angry President Rodrgio Duterte has expressed outrage over the brutal killing of Silawan even as the local police yesterday continued its hunt for at least three suspects who were believed to have sexually abused the victim before stabbing her 30 times and skinning her to the skull.
Officials also said that they are inclined to believe the victim apparently knew her killer or killers citing text messages on the former’s cell phone which said she would be meeting somebody before she was killed.

Silawan was  a Grade 9 student at the Mactan High School residing in Sitio Dapdap in Soong, Mactan, Lapu-Lapu.