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Shallene’s murder suspect a “no show”

December 3 - 9, 2016

MAASIN CITY, CAPITOL SITE - The members of the provincial, regional and national media eagerly waited last Tuesday morning, December 6, for the presentation of the primary suspect of the murder of 14-year old high-school student Shallene M. Liwag. However, the suspect turned out to be a “no show” as the question of his age was raised by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Public Attorney’s Office.

The DSWD later presented a statement that based on Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, it is for the best interest of the accused not to be presented to the media and the public, to protect the suspect’s youth integration.

Provincial Director, Police Senior Superintendent Warren F. De Leon, disclosed that the apprehension of the province’s tenth “Most Wanted Person” was done after weeks of surveillance and receipt of vital information on the alleged safe house where the fugitive was staying.

De Leon said that on November 29, on the corner of GHQ village, Phase 2, Katuparan street, Taguig City, while the suspect bought food and was on his way back to his grandmother’s house, Director De Leon together with Taguig City Police’s Chief of Intelligence and his team pursued and apprehended the suspect. He was later detained in the Taguig City police station for a day, and brought back to Maasin City the next day for police station processing and court proceedings.

Meanwhile, Governor Damian G. Mercado, lauded De Leon for the strict implementation of the peace and order operations in the province.

Governor Mercado vowed to continue his support in combating the illegal drug trade and other criminal activities in Southern Leyte.

Provincial Director De Leon also sent a strong message to other fugitives still hiding to come out and surrender themselves to the police because he claimed crime does not pay and that they can’t escape the long-arm of the law. He also urged the public to support the PNP’s campaign against illegal drugs, wanted persons and all forms of criminality, and to provide relevant information to the nearest police station.

Meanwhile, two of the suspects, Roldan Ordiz and John Sanchez (not their real names), who reportedly assisted in the commission of the crime, are now detained in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the DSWD in Tanauan, Leyte, respectively.

The apprehension of the alleged minor murder suspect, came one year and four months after the gruesome slaying of Shallene Liwag, whose body was found along the Canturing River, was buried in a shallow grave three days after she went missing.(By MARK L. RIMAS)






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