Magpale says surprised by arrest of minor suspected of killing Christine Silawan

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Authorities should not treat minor offenders as criminals and put them in jails, Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale said.

Magpale, the chairperson of the Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children, issued this remark after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested the 17-year-old former boyfriend of Christine Lee Silawan, the 16-year-old high school student who was brutally killed in Lapu-Lapu City.

Children in conflict with the law should be placed in a designated shelter while their cases are being heard, the lady politiko said in The Freeman report.

Magpale said she was surprised by the minor’s arrest, adding that the suspect might need an intensive psychological intervention coupled with parental guidance.

“There has to have the help from the parents. The government cannot do it alone but we all have a very important role to play,” she said.

The NBI said based on 11 clips of footage from closed-circuit television cameras, Silawan was seen with her ex-boyfriend on the night she went missing.

The boy was taken into custody by the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.