• Davantes suspects ‘coached’

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    THE family of slain advertising executive Kristelle “Kae” Davantes on Thursday raised suspicion that a “mastermind” could have “coached” the suspects in publicly admitting the crime.

    Vicente Davantes, the spokesman of the family and the uncle of Kae, said there seems to be an orchestrated move behind the spontaneous confessions of the suspects in the killing of the 25-year-old senior account manager of McCann Worldgroup Philippines, Inc.

    “The whole drama is that, from afar, you can really notice that there was a director, a mastermind and an orchestrated effort behind the spontaneous confession of the suspects,” he said.

    He said there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered after the suspects’ admission of robbing and killing Davantes.

    Samuel Decimo, the first of the suspects to be arrested, had told the police that their only motive was to rob the victim of her belongings but that they decided to kill Kae when they realized she had seen their faces.

    Davantes said it remains a mystery how Decimo confessed to the killing when, in fact, he was first arrested for robbing a passenger jeep.

    “Why did he suddenly admit of killing Kae? Did somebody force him to confess? These questions are still unanswered. Probably he was just forced by somebody to admit the crime,” he added.

    Because of this, Davantes expressed fear that the case against the suspects might be weakened by their “spontaneous confession,” especially if some of the questions would not be properly answered.

    However, Davantes said they still believe that the suspects under the custody of authorities were indeed involved in killing Kae.

    He also said the Department of Justice (DOJ) has already completed the preliminary investigation on the three other suspects— Decimo, Kelvin Jorek Evangelista and Jomar Pepito.

    The suspects were charged by the DOJ on September 26 with robbery with homicide for the killing of Davantes. Of the six suspects, only Baser Mislang remains at large.

    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, where she had a night out with office colleagues.

    Her body was found the following morning under a bridge in Silang Cavite, with her mouth gagged and both hands tied by her own car’s seatbelt.

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