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NBI ready to assist in probe of Cebu teen’s gruesome murder

THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation is ready to assist in resolving the gruesome murder of a teenager, who was found dead – her face skinned to the bone and some organs missing – in Cebu province.

“We’ll let the local police take the lead. If they have difficulties (solving the case) I’ll ask the NBI (to come in,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevara said.

The 16-year old victim was found without her under garments, raising suspicion that she was raped and then murdered, and skinned to hide her identity. Authorities identified the victim as Christine Silawan, a high school student at the Maribago National High School who was also a volunteer at the local parish.

Silawan was first reported missing after attending a mass and had been found murdered in the village of Bangkal in Lapu-Lapu City. Her brutal killing renewed calls for the re-imposition of the death penalty after it had been abolished many years ago.

Police were still investigating the killing which was condemned by many civil groups, including the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. “The brutal killing of the teenage girl in Lapu-Lapu is an act of pure evil and we call upon our authorities to catch the monsters responsible. We also call upon witnesses to come out and speak for the early resolution of this dastardly act,” the IBP-Cebu chapter said.

If given the chance, the lawyers’ group said it will provide legal service to “aid in the prosecution of the culprits to this vicious crime when caught”. (Benjamin Pulta)


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