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IBP-Cebu offers legal help to family of teen rape-murder victim

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Homicide investigators look for possible evidence at an area where Christine Silawan was found dead in Sitio Mahayahay, Barangay Bankal , Lapu-Lapu City. — THE FREEMAN/JOY TORREJOS

THE CEBU chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has offered legal assistance to the family of the 16-year-old girl who was brutally killed and believed to have been raped in Lapu-Lapu City. “We as a society must at all times be vigilant against all dangers to our children, the Chapter for its part given the chance will provide legal service aid in the prosecution of the culprits to the vicious crime when caught,” IBP-Cebu chapter said in a statement. The body of a 16-year-old girl was found in a vacant lot in Barangay Bankal, Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu last March 11. The lawyers’ group also said it condemns all violent and abusive acts against women and children in particular. “The brutal killing of the teenage girl in Lapu-Lapu is an act of pure evil and we call upon our authorities to catch the monster/s responsible. We also call upon witnesses to come out and speak for the early resolution of this dastardly act,” it said. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas

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