Slain victim, 16-year-old Christine Silawan can now be buried. Parents of the victim have agreed to bury her on Sunday now that her assailant has been arrested and charged.
The decision was in keeping with their promise not to bury their daughter until a suspect or suspects in her brutal killing have been detained.
The National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas (NBI-7) filed murder charges on Monday against a 17-year-old, Grade 8 student for killing Silawan whose face was skinned and organs in the neck removed.
Suspect was under arrest at his home in Barangay Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City, on Saturday night after he was recognized as the one seen with Silawan before she was killed in the evening of March 10.
Silawan was found the next day dead with half her face gone, her organs in the neck removed and gained 30 stab wounds.
Mario Pardillo and his common-law wife, Lourdes, desired to bury their daughter at the public cemetery in Barangay Mactan, Lapu-Lapu, on Sunday after they were convinced that the NBI got the right suspect.
They found the security footage and text messages between the suspect and their daughter persuaded them that the boy killed her. The footage displayed the suspect walking together with Silawan to Barangay Bangkal where the body of the girl was later found. It also captured what appeared to be a fight between the two.
NBI believed that intense jealousy pressed the suspect to murder Silawan, his girlfriend for more than a year. It was also the cause of a fight between the two based on text messages retrieved by the NBI.
“I don’t know him. We didn’t know that our daughter had a boyfriend,” Lourdes stated. But she said she was convinced that the boy was the suspect. She added she encountered the suspect at the filing of the complaint at the Lapu-Lapu City prosecutor’s office but he didn’t say anything. Also adding she believed that the suspect didn’t act alone.
The mother of the arrested believed her son was innocent. She stated an alibi that her son was playing basketball at the time Silawan was slain.
She concluded that she knew her son was incapable of committing such a horrendous crime.