MANILA (UPDATE) – Three suspects in the murder of 25-year-old advertising executive Kae Davantes are now in the custody of authorities, police said.
Two suspects were presented to the media by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Saturday.
One of the suspects reportedly surrendered while another was arrested in Muntinlupa.
In a press conference late Saturday, Task Force Kae head Chief Supt. Christopher Laxa said there are at least 6 suspects in the case.
The first suspect, 19-year-old Samuel Decimo, was arrested Friday not for the Davantes case, but for attempting to rob passengers of a jeepney in Molino, Cavite.
During his interrogation, Decimo confessed he was part of the group who killed Davantes.
He said last Saturday, September 14, they were looking for a potential victim when they chanced upon Davantes alone in her car.
"Naka-kotse kami noon tapos nakasunod ang kotse ni Kae, nu’ng huminto kami, huminto din siya, ‘yun pala sa tapat na ng bahay niya ‘yun. Bumaba siya ng kotse niya, binuksan niya ‘yung gate ng bahay nila, saka na siya tinutukan,” he said.
Three members of their group boarded Davantes’s car while Decimo followed in another vehicle.
When they reached Silang, Cavite, they realized the victim had seen their car's license plate and the face of one of the suspects.
"Napilitin dahil ‘yung isa naming kasama namukhaan,” said Decimo.
He admits he was the one who wiped clean the victim’s car to remove their finger prints.
He said he committed the crime so he can pay for hospital expenses of his wife who recently gave birth.
“Humihingi ako ng pasensya at pinagsisihan ko ‘tong nagawa ko,” he said.
Kae's laptop, cellphone
The NBI also recovered on Saturday a laptop computer and a mobile phone believed to belong to Davantes.
A Toshiba laptop and a white Apple iPhone 5 were retrieved from a store in Alabang, Muntinlupa where Decimo and two others allegedly traded it in exchange for P11,000 worth of clothes.
According to the NBI, the gadgets have been reformatted so they need to have these tested to see if they can still recover any data. -- With reports from Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News; Zandro Ochona, dzMM