- A 17-year-old suspect who admitted to have romantic involvement with Christine Silawan was nabbed recently
- CCTV footage recovered by the authorities was said to prove the suspects involvement in the case
- Some witnesses also claimed to have seen Silawan walking with the suspect
According to the Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson, the Christine Silawan murder was a crime of passion.
"Ito ay crime of passion," said Police Col. Bernard Banac in a press briefing in Camp Crame.
"Matinding bugso ng damdamin, galit, o selos, patungkol ito doon sa naging relasyon sa biktima," Banac said.
NBI confirmed arresting one of the alleged 3 suspects of Silawan's murder.
Silawan and the suspect's private conversation was said to show their relationship problem.
In a CCTV footage presented by the NBI, the suspect was seen walking with the victim.
Lawyer Antonio Pagatpat, the deputy director for the NBI Regional Office Service said that the suspect may have been done the crime out jealousy and by passionate anger and with how the victim was murdered – the skinning of the face – the suspect may have had help.
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“Nakikita namin na jealousy yung motive. Makikita sa CCTV na parang nakita nung suspect na may kasama yung victim na kaibigang lalaki. Makikita naman na she was walking hurriedly galing sa church tapos sinundan nung lalaki (suspect), parang hinabol. Naglalakad sila na parang nag-aaway,” Pagatpat said.
The CCTV showed Silawan was first seen walking with a male friend towards a balut vendor. The CCTV also revealed that the suspect followed Silawan.
At around 6:00 p.m., a CCTV in a subdivision showed the victim walking with the suspect.
Christine Silawan was the 16-year-old girl who was found at a grassy lot in Barangay Bankal in Lapu-lapu City on March 11, Monday. She was half-naked, with half of her face skinned to the bone and several internal organs missing.
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