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.
This after Reggie Diel, 30, and Lloyd Benedict Enriquez, 18, refused to enter a plea when the court read the charges of robbery with homicide filed against them by the Davantes family.
This prompted by Judge Salvador Timbang Jr. of the Las Piñas City RTC Branch 253 to automatically enter a “not guilty” plea on their behalf.
In its inquest resolution, the Department of Justice said Diel and Enriquez were immediately filed with criminal charges after issuing sworn statements confessing their involvement in the robbery of Davantes, but not in the victim’s killing.
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 explained that 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 also ordered the transfer of all five accused to the Las Piñas City Jail while the trial is being held.
Diel, Enriquez, Pepito and Evangelista are in the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Southern Metro Manila Unit at the Southern Police District headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
Decimo, on the other hand, is being held at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila.
Enriquez earlier said that it was him, Diel, Minalang, and Evangelista who approached Davantes just 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 also admitted that they took the victim’s laptop computer and some P3,000 cash and commandeered her Toyota Altis car.
After traveling from Las Piñas and making a stop in Tagaytay, the group then proceeded to Silang, Cavite where Davantes was killed. Her car 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. on September 7, where she had a night out with office colleagues.
Ritchie A. Horario