By Lloyd Caliwan and Priam Nepomuceno
MANILA, (PNA) — Authorities filed Tuesday criminal charges against the six suspects in the slay of advertising executive Kristelle Davantes.
NCRPO Deputy Regional Director for Operations Chief Supt. Christopher Laxa said the NCRPO and Criminal Investigation Detection Group at 12:23 a.m. Tuesday filed cases for violation of Republic Act 6539 or the Anti-Carnapping Act and Article 294 of the Revised Penal Code or Robbery with Homicide against the six suspects.
Laxa, head of Task Force Davantes, said those charged include Reggie Diel, Lloyd Benedict Enriquez and Samuel Decimo, who were all under the custody of the police and National Bureau of Investigation.
Also included in the charge sheet were the three suspects Kelvin Jorek Evangelista, Jomar Pepito and Baser Minalang, who all remain at large and still being pursued by authorities.
Laxa said the three suspects who are still at large have expressed their intentions to surrender.
He said the cases were filed through an inquest proceeding before prosecution lawyer Omar Casimiro.
Meanwhile, Vicente Davantes, Kae’s uncle and spokesman of the family, welcomed the filing of complaints against the suspects describing it as “positive development.”
“We take it as a positive development because the family will not be dreaming anymore in getting information about the case,” he added.
Devantes said he was present during the filing as the complainant on behalf of the family.
He said he had no chance to talk to the suspects since he was there just to observe the proceedings.
He also admitted that no one from the suspects personally asked for forgiveness for killing Kae.
The victim’s silver Toyota Altis (PIM 966) was found abandoned at corner Nickel and Silver Streets at Camella Homes in Barangay Pamplona 3.
Kae disappeared after leaving Bonifacio Global City at past 1 a.m. on Sept 7 from a night out with friends.
Her body was found the following day by residents in Silang, Cavite under a bridge. She bore multiple stab wounds and was apparently strangled.
The victim was a senior account manager of McCann Worldgroup Philippines MRM, and held a master’s degree in marketing communications from De La Salle University (DLSU).