By Jeffrey Damicog
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has been ordered Friday (March 15) to conduct an investigation over the gruesome killing of 16-year-old Christine Saliwan in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra himself gave the directive under Department Order No. 117 which was issued Friday.
“In the interest of the service and pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act No. 10867 or the National Bureau of Investigation Reorganization and Modernization Act, which authorizes the Secretary of Justice to direct the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to undertake the investigation to any crime when public interest so requires, the NBI, through Director Dante A. Gierran, is hereby directed and granted authority to conduct an investigation and case build-up on the murder and alleged rape of Christine Lee Saliwan, who was found dead in Lapu-Lapu City, Ceby with her face skinned off and other organs mutilated, and if evidence warrants, to file the appropriate charges against persons found responsible therefor,” read the order.
“Further, Director Gierran is hereby directed to submit reports on the progress of the subject investigation and case build-up directly to the Office of the Secretary,” Guevarra also instructed.
Earlier, Guevarra said that he will order the NBI to join the probe if police investigators encounter difficulty in finding the perpetrators of the crime.
The victim’s body was found Monday morning at a vacant lot in Barangay Bangkal, Lapu-Lapu City.
The victim who was naked from the waist down sustained multiple stab wounds and had her face peeled off to the bone.
The girl served as collector at a church ministry but failed to get home Sunday night.