Warrantless arrest: Suspect in Cebu teen's slay released

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 23 2019 05:01 PM | Updated as of Mar 23 2019 06:29 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The teen suspect in the murder of 16-year-old Christine Lee Silawan was released from the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Saturday.

This was confirmed to ABS-CBN News by the suspect's mother.

The Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutor's Office, in a resolution Friday, ordered the release of the 17-year-old suspect because he was arrested without a warrant several days after the crime was committed.

According to the Rules of Court, warrantless arrest is only valid if the suspect committed or is actually committing an offense in the presence of policemen.

A suspect can also be arrested without a warrant if the arresting officer has personal knowledge about the offense or if the person is a prisoner who has escaped.

The suspect was linked to the crime based on several pieces of evidence, including cellphone communication with the victim, according to NBI-Central Visayas Director Atty. Tomas Enrile.

Silawan, a student of the Maribago High School, was found dead in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on March 11. She was allegedly raped and the skin of her skull was peeled off.

--Report from Leleth Rumaguera, ABS-CBN News