Family of slain 16-year-old Christine Lee Silawan declined to bury her if the primary suspect in her murder is not in police custody. Sibling Lousiline and mother Lourdes wants the culprits to be arrested soon because they do not want to prolong their agony.
The victim was to celebrate her 17th birthday on March 26. She was found lifeless on a vacant lot in Barangay Bankal, Lapu-Lapu City on Monday morning of March 11.
“If anyone has any information that might lead to the arrest of the main killer, please go to the authorities. We don’t want our suffering to continue,” Lousiline said in her dialect.
“Because her birthday is coming up, we hope to attain justice by then,” Lourdes added in Cebuano.
In other developments of the case, a manhunt against the suspect has been expanded throughout Cebu Province. This meant that the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LCPO) commissioned other units, including the Cebu Provincial Police Office, in finding and arresting the suspect.
Although he did not set a deadline, LCPO Director Limuel Obon hopes the suspect will be in their custody by this week. He also added they may expand the manhunt regionwide or nationwide if the suspect had thought to have left Cebu.
Obon stated the suspect was not a “fall guy.” However, the police official refused to divulge his name. Obon wanted the suspect alive, so the latter can divulge the reason behind the killing and identify his two cohorts.
An unnamed witness saw three men chasing after Christine on the night she was killed. The only detail Obon gave media was that the dubious individual communicated with the victim.
Obon described the suspect, who is wanted for another murder, as a “techie” who allegedly knows police work.
Two more individuals were added to the reward money for the arrest of Christine’s killers, which, as of Thursday, March 14, stood at P2 million. Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino and Philippine Postal Corp. Chairman Norman Fulgencio each donated P100,000 each.
Dino came by to the teenager’s wake in Barangay Mactan, Lapu-Lapu last Thursday to turn over the P20,000 cash assistance from President Rodrigo Duterte. He also graced the President’s condolences to the family.
“No person in their right mind would commit such an act; and no person, least of all an innocent young girl, should be made to suffer so brutally. This killing is only seen in the most perverse and sick of horror movies, and never should have happened in real life, least of all right here in our own backyard,” Dino described in wake of Christine’s murder.
The Provincial Government set aside P200,000 for the bounty and P50,000 for the family. Funding will allegedly come from the Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children.