The Las Piñas City Regional Trial Court (RTC) entered a not guilty plea for two of the six suspects in the robbery-slay of advertising executive Kristelle “Kae” Davantes during their arraignment on Thursday.
Reggie Diel, 30, and Lloyd Benedict Enriquez, 18, refused to enter a plea when the court read the charges of robbery with homicide filed by the Davantes family.
Las Piñas City RTC Branch 253 Judge Salvador Timbang Jr. pleaded “not guilty” on their behalf.
In its inquest resolution, the Department of Justice (DoJ) said Diel and Enriquez were immediately slapped with criminal charges after confessed they participated in robbing Davantes, but not in killing her.
The four other accused, Samuel Decimo, Kelvin Jorek Evangelista, Komar Pepito, and the still at-large Baser Minalang, were not arraigned.
Clerk of court Leamore Garcia said it was only on Thursday that the four other suspects were formally included in the charge sheet. They will be arraigned on November 7.
The court ordered the transfer of all five suspects to the Las Piñas City Jail.
Diel, Enriquez, Pepito and Evangelista are in the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Southern Metro Manila Unit at the Southern Police District (SPD) headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
Decimo is being held at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters in Manila.
Enriquez said he, Diel, Minalang and Evangelista approached Davantes as she was about to open the gate of their house in Moonwalk Village, Las Piñas, at around 2 a.m. of September 7.
He said they took the Davantes’ laptop and some P3,000 cash before forcing her into her car, a Toyota Altis, and driving away.
From Las Piñas, the group proceeded to Silang, Cavite, where they killed Davantes. The Altis was recovered in Pamplona 3, Las Piñas on September 15.
Davantes was last seen alive driving her car out of a parking lot at the Bonifacio Global City at around 1 a.m. of September 7.
Her body was found the following morning under a bridge in Silang, with the mouth gagged and her hands tied with a car seatbelt.
Davantes was also strangled with the cable of her laptop and stabbed in the neck.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO