Silawan's murder continues to haunt victim's mother

THREE years after her daughter met her gruesome end, Lourdes Silawan Pardillo believes the killer is still out there.

The body of Christine Lee Silawan, a 16-year-old high school student and church collector, was found in a vacant lot in Lapu-Lapu City on March 11, 2019. Her face had been mutilated and she was stabbed several times. She was naked from the waist down.

Pardillo, 51, told SunStar Cebu on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, she still could not accept what happened to her daughter.

“Isip usa ka inahan ni Christine Lee, hangtod karon bisan pila na katuig ang nilabay, wa pa gyud nako madawat kay gani sa akoang kasakit nga naagian karon, nia akoy nag-antos tanan,” Pardillo said.

(As her mother, until now despite the years that have passed, I have never accepted even with the pain I am going through now, I bear all the suffering.) Pardillo, who is currently sick with a life-threatening illness, said she remains skeptical that Renato Llenes, who confessed to the murder, was responsible for her daughter’s death.

Pardillo said she is certain that Llenes was not the one who murdered her daughter, citing the closed circuit television (CCTV) footage obtained by the authorities which showed a man who seemed to be younger than him.

On May 2020, police reported that Llenes was found hanging inside an infirmary cell at the Lapu-Lapu City Jail in Sitio Soong, Barangay Mactan.

Llenes reportedly used a shirt that had been cut up and braided to tie around his neck.

Pardillo said that the stress brought about by her daughter’s murder has eventually taken its toll.

Pardillo had refused to sign the affidavit provided by the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office unless her daughter’s former boyfriend, who was pinpointed by the National Bureau of Investigation Central Visayas as one of the killers, was included in the complaint. (MKG / PJB)