DAVANTES KIN CASTS DOUBT ON ROBBERY MOTIVE

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THE family of slain advertising executive Kristelle “Kae” Davantes urged authorities to look deeper into the case as they doubted that robbery was the sole motive in the gruesome killing.

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Vincent Davantes, Kae’s uncle and the spokesperson of the family, believed that there is more to the killing besides robbery and car theft.

He surmised that it would have been easy for the suspects to just steal Kae’s car without abducting her, adding that they could have easily escaped.

“If robbery is indeed the motive, why didn’t they just get the car?” he asked. Vincent issued the statement after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) conducted a reenactment of the crime on Saturday.

The reenactment started from Kae’s abduction in front of their house in Moonwalk Village, Las Piñas City to Silang, Cavite, where she was killed and where her body was dumped.

“Based on the reenactment, Kae has left her car to open the gate of our house. They could have just threatened Kae, get the key, and escape,” Vincent pointed out.

Citing the narration of one of the six suspects, Samuel Decimo, Vincent said that the group was prowling around the village when they spotted Davantes opening the gate of their house.

“The suspects’ car had gone past Kae when they decided to come back, forced Kae back to her car, and drove off,” Vincent said.

Decimo, the first of the suspect to be arrested, earlier told police that they saw Davantes alone entering the gate of their house in Moonwalk Village past 1 a.m. of September 7 and decided to abduct her.

At that time, he confessed that their only motive was to rob the victim of her belongings.

Decimo said that they had decided to take Davantes with them when they realized they had seen their faces.

Commandeering Kae’s Toyota Altis car, they drove to Tagaytay City and then to Silang, Cavite where the decision to kill the young advertising executive was made. Decimo said the group ordered him to stab Davantes.

But Vincent said Decimo’s statements had loopholes.

“They were claiming they were neophyte criminals, and yet they tried to burn the car, wiped off the fingerprints, and removed the car seats to remove any piece of evidence that would pin them,” he added.

The victim’s car was recovered a few days later in Barangay Pamplona 3 in Las Piñas while Davantes’ laptop computer and mobile phone were recovered in a shop in Alabang, Muntinlupa.

Kae, a 25-year-old senior account manager of MRM digital marketing agency under McCann Worldgroup Philippines Inc. was last seen driving her car to leave a parking lot in the Bonifacio Global City past midnight on September 7 after a night out with friends.

Her body was found the following morning under a bridge in Silang Cavite, with her mouth gagged and both hands bound with the car’s seatbelt. She was strangled using the cable of her laptop computer.

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