By Calvin Cordova
CEBU CITY — Twenty-three persons will be sharing the P1 million reward that the Lapu-Lapu City government has put up to help solve the brutal killing of a 16-year-old girl last March.
The Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) has already received the P1 million check from outgoing mayor Paz Radaza.
One of those who will receive the reward is the live-in partner of Renato Llenes, the self-confessed killer of Christine Lee Silawan.
“She was the one who helped us prove that Llenes was the owner of the two fake Facebook accounts that he used to befriend the victim,” said the Lapu-Lapu police chief, Col. Limuel Obon.
The mutilated body of Silawan was lot in Barangay Bankal, Lapu-Lapu, last March 11.
Llenes was arrested several days later and owned up the gruesome crime.
Obon said the amount of cash that each informant will receive will depend on the value of the information provided.
“They are divided into three groups. One group helped us identify the owner of the Facebook accounts that the suspect used to dupe the victim. There was a group who helped us confirm that the man captured in security camera footage together with the victim was Llenes. Another group also helped us pinpoint the location of the suspect, ” said Obon.
The police will coordinate with other groups or individuals who had offered to give cash rewards for the resolution of the case.
Among those who pledged cash rewards were Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Dino (P100,000), Philippine Postal Corp. Chairman Norman Fulgencio(P100,000), Cebu Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children (P200,000), Police Regional Advisory Council (P100,000) and American retiree based in Ormoc City (P500, 000).
Obon assured that the cash rewards will be given only to civilian informants.
“I want to make it clear that no police officer will be getting a single centavo,” he said.
A murder case has been filed against Llenes but the suspect pleaded not guilty when arraigned last June 7. The suspect insisted that he would only plead guilty to a homicide charge, which, unlike murder, makes him eligible for bail.
Obon insisted that what Llenes did falls under the crime of murder.
“For us, it was really murder because the suspect had superior strength, he used excessive force and the brutality of the killing,” said Obon.