NBI finds Christine Silawan's blood on prime suspect's clothes

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Cebu City (CNN Philippines, April 4) — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said it has found stains of blood belonging to Cebuana teenager Christine Silawan on one of the clothes owned by the main suspect in her killing.

The NBI-Central Visayas said DNA testing on the blood stain found on a piece of clothing matched that of Silawan. Authorities seized the clothing from the suspect on his arrest last March 16.

NBI-Central Visayas Director Tomas Enrile said this firmed up their suspicion that the boy, who just turned 18 yesterday, was involved in the killing of his ex-girlfriend.

Medicolegal officers of the police and the NBI will present the DNA findings and other tests to the NBI national headquarters in Manila.

The boy is facing a murder case at the city prosecutor's office. He is in the custody of a home-care facility of Lapu-Lapu City's social welfare and development office.

Meanwhile, Enrile shrugged off the contradicting autopsy findings of the Public Attorney's Office (PAO).

"We will focus on the results of the PNP (Philippine National Police) crime lab," Enrile told reporters in a briefing this morning.

PLt. Col. Benjamin Lara of the PNP Crime Lab in Central Visayas had previously said there were no indications that Silawan was raped.

But Dr. Erwin Erfe, PAO forensic laboratory director, said the girl was raped before she was killed because of abrasions and signs of bleeding on her genitals.

Enrile also dismissed allegations that NBI agents in Central Visayas forced the teenage suspect to admit to the crime by torturing and threatening him.

Silawan was found dead in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu with her face skinned and some body parts removed.