The Cebu Provincial Government will be releasing P250,000 as cash reward for the capture of the culprits in the gruesome killing of a teenage girl in Lapu-Lapu City and as financial assistance to the victim’s family.
The Cebu Provincial Board during their regular session earlier today unanimously approved, in separate resolutions, the move to authorize Gov. Hilario P. Davide III to extend P50,000 as cash aid to the family of 16-year-old Christine Lee Silawan whose body was found with multiple stabwounds in the neck and body.
Her face was skinned, exposing her skull, and she was naked from the waist down.
The Grade 9 student’s body was found in a vacant lot in Barangay Bankal, Lapu-Lapu City on Monday, March 11.
Another P200,000 will also be released by the Capitol as reward for those who could provide information for the speedy arrest of the perpetrators.
Both resolutions were authored by Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale. In an omnibus motion, PB Member Jude Sybico moved for the approval of the two resolutions, which were seconded by PB Members Jerome Librando and Christopher Baricuatro.
“Whereas, as a concrete step to help fast-track the resolution of her case, this August Body finds it proper and in order for the Provincial Government to set aside a considerable amount as bounty to encourage any person/s who has/have personal knowledge/information about the identity/identities and whereabouts of the perpetrator/s to report to the concerned authorities,” read the resolution on giving the cash reward.
In a separate resolution, PB Member Victoria Corominas-Toribio also authored a resolution strongly condemning the murder of Silawan. The resolution also urged all local government units in the province to help and coordinate with the Police Regional Office 7 in manhunt against the perpetrators.
“Whereas, this August Body joins all Cebuanos in condemning her brutal killing and in calling concerned authorities for the speedy resolution of her case, as we convey to the other members of her family our condolences in their moments of grief,” read the resolution granting the P50,000 assistance to Silawan’s family.
Last Saturday night, March 16, the National Bureau of Investigation 7 arrested a 17-year-old boy, whom authorities tagged as the primary suspect in the killing, in Barangay Maribago, Lapu-Lapu.
He is reportedly the former boyfriend of Silawan, who was allegedly driven to kill the victim out of jealousy.
A murder complaint has been filed against him late this afternoon before the Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutor’s Office.