Reward in Davantes killing increased to P500,000
Sep 17, 2013 (Menafn - The Manila Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --*
The Las Pinas City government on Monday offered an additional P300,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects in the killing of advertising executive Kristelle "Kae" Davantes.
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) earlier announced a P200,000 reward in the case.
Las Pinas Mayor Vergel Aguilar said the bounty will help speed up the arrest of those responsible for the brutal slaying of Davantes.
Vicente Davantes, the uncle of Kae and spokesman of the family, welcomed the move by the mayor.
"We welcome that option. A reward will definitely help in solving the case since many would be interested to give information in exchange for a huge sum of money," Vicente told The Manila Times in a phone interview.
On Sunday police found the victim's silver Toyota Altis abandoned at the corner of Nickel and Silver Streets at Camella Homes in Barangay Pamplona 3.
The Davantes family lives at Moonwalk Village in the same city.
City police chief Senior Supt. Adolfo Samala confirmed that the recovered car was that of Davantes.
Samala said his office received a report Saturday night that a metallic beige Altis was parked in Camella Subdivision.
The car's license plates were missing, but its conduction sticker matched that of Davantes' car.
Police said the car's seats had been removed, perhaps as a way of removing evidence. Pieces of cloth soaked in diesel were also found in the car.
Probers said whoever brought the car to Camella planned to set fire to it to erase traces of evidence, but residents said the car alarm was accidentally triggered, drawing attention.
Vicente considered the recovery of Davantes' car as a breakthrough in the case.
The 25-yearold Davantes was last seen alive leaving Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City at past 1 a.m. on September 7.
Her body was found the following day under a bridge in Silang, Cavite. She had been stabbed several times and was strangled.
Davantes was a senior account manager at McCann Worldgroup Philippines MRM, and held a master's degree in marketing communications from De La Salle University (DLSU).
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