The family of slain advertising executive Kristelle “Kae” Davantes, faced the suspected killer of their beloved Kae on Monday.
Samuel Decimo, the person who allegedly took the life of the 25-year-old Davantes narrated the events as he recalled the incident how Kae ended up under the bridge in Silang, Cavite.
Hearing the detailed accounts that ended Kae’s life moved the Davantes family to tears.
According to the Davantes legal counsel, he couldn’t see any remorse in the face of Decimo as he re-told the slaying of Kae in front of the victim’s family: “Para lang siyang nagkukuwento kung sino nanalo sa basketball [It’s as if he’s telling who won in a basketball game].”
The lawyer said that they are still getting witnesses and corroborating testimonies in building up the case. They are also looking for the possibility if another person is behind it because as of now, the family still cannot patch all the pieces of evidence.
Task Force Kae Davantes on Monday blamed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) after the family of the slain advertising executive doubted its investigation on the case.
Chief Supt. Christopher Laxa, chief of Task Force Kae said, it is likely that Vicente Davantes will express doubt on the investigation after the NBI conducted on Saturday its own re-enactment on how Kae was abducted and killed.
He explained that inconsistencies, as what Davantes complained of, would really occur since NBI conducted the re-enactment using only its own sole suspect leaving behind the four others who are under their custody.
To prevent such doubt, Laxa said the NBI could have coordinated with them in order that the four other suspects will corroborate the statements of suspect Samuel Decimo.
He lamented that the NBI did not even inform the task force considering that it was formed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd himself to speed up the resolution of the case.
“They did not even coordinate with the task force for the conduct of its re-enactment. Perhaps they have informed us so that the four other suspects corroborated with the statements of their suspect at hand,” he said.
Although they respect NBI’s own and separate investigation into the case, Laxa said this causes delay in the resolution of the case.
“We are not grabbing their [NBI] role in the investigation. The way I see it instead it helps, it causes delay in the investigation,” he lamented.
Vincent, Kae’s uncle and the spokesman of the family expressed doubt on the investigation saying that there is more to the killing besides robbery and car theft.
He said it would have been easy for the suspects just to steal Davante’s car without having to abduct her adding that they could have easily escaped.
Loopholes in Decimo tale
According to Vincent, Decimo’s statements had loopholes.
But Laxa appealed to Vincent to share whatever pieces of information he has instead of casting doubt on the investigation being conducted by authorities.
He also expressed belief that Vincent was just pressured by the various comments posted on “Justice for Kae” Facebook page that lead to his doubt on the investigation of authorities.
“We read various suggestions in the Facebook account that instead of helping in the investigation, it cast doubt. Vincent was just tortured by these insinuations,” he added.
He also said the sixth suspect, identified as Baser Minalang, is still being pursued by the task force.
Davantes, a 25-year-old senior account manager of MRM digital marketing agency under McCann Worldgroup Philippines Inc. was last seen driving her car out of a parking lot in Bonifacio Global City past midnight of September 7 after a night out with friends.
Her body was found the following morning under a bridge in Silang Cavite, with the mouth gagged and both hands tied by a car seatbelt. She was strangled by the cable of her laptop computer.