MANILA, Philippines – A Toshiba laptop and a white Apple iPhone 5 believed to belong to slain advertising manager Kae Davantes were retrieved by the National Bureau of Investigation from a store in Alabang, Muntinlupa. Samuel Decimo, the suspect in the killing, and two other accomplices allegedly traded the gadgets in exchange for PHP11,000 worth of clothes.
The storage drives on the devices have been reformatted according to the NBI, creating the need to have the drives examined by data experts to determine if any data can still be recovered.
The NBI revealed that Decimo was arrested not from leads from the Davantes case, but during the suspect’s failed attempt to mug passengers of a jeepney in Molino, Cavite. He confessed of his participation in Davantes’ killing during the interrogation.
“Naka-kotse kami noon tapos nakasunod ang kotse ni Kae, nu’ng huminto kami, huminto din siya, ‘yun pala sa tapat na ng bahay niya ‘yun. Bumaba siya ng kotse niya, binuksan niya ‘yung gate ng bahay nila, saka na siya tinutukan,” (“We were in a car at the time. We noticed Kae’s car was following us. When we stopped, she stopped too. We then realized that she was in front of their house. She got off and opened their house’s gate, that’s when we took her at gunpoint”) he said of the events last Saturday, September 14.
Three members of their group boarded Davantes’ car while Decimo followed in another. Upon reaching Silang, Cavite, the group realized that Davantes had seen their car’s license plate and one of the suspects’ faces.
Decimo confessed, “Napilitan dahil ‘yung isa naming kasama mamukhaan,” (“We were forced [to do what we did] since one of us may have been identified”). He also said that he was the one who cleaned up the victim’s car for finger prints.
“Humihingi ako ng pasensya at pagsisihan ko ‘tong nagawa ko,” (“I would like to extend my apologies and regret what I have done”) he said. Adding that he committed the crime only because he needed the money to pay for hospital bills of his wife, who had recently given birth.