PNP: No indications Cebu skinning, slay victim was raped

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Christine Lee Silawan's body was found on March 11 in a vacant lot in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. Her face was skinned with her skull exposed, prompting outrage among people on social media and a call for the reimposition of death penalty.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 8) — The police crime laboratory in Central Visayas on Monday said there are no indications that Cebuana teenager Christine Lee Silawan was raped before she was brutally murdered.

Superintendent Benjamin Lara, medico-legal officer of the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory in the region, told the media that no mixed DNA, abrasions or blood clots were found in the victim's genitalia.

Lara, however, did not dismiss the possibility that the victim was raped, saying the perpetrator could have just used a condom.

Silawan's body was found on March 11 in a vacant lot in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. Her face was skinned with her skull exposed, prompting outrage among people on social media and a call for the reimposition of death penalty.

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Silawan's former boyfriend was identified as the main suspect and arrested for the gruesome killing. The National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas has filed murder charges against the teenage suspect, who is currently in custody of a home-care facility of Lapu-Lapu City's social welfare and development office. The suspect has denied the allegation.

The Public Attorney's Office, however, insisted that Silawan was raped based on an autopsy conducted by the director of its forensic laboratory, Erwin Erfe, on March 22--a day before the victim was laid to rest.

Lara refuted Erfe's findings, arguing that the latter carried out the autopsy after the victim's body was embalmed twice. Lara conducted the autopsy on the day that Silawan's body was found.