Friends of the family of the 17-year-old murder victim visit her wake in Brgy. Corong-Corong, El Nido. (Photo by Bella Mutia)

The three suspects in the alleged murder of a 17-year-old girl have been sent back to the El Nido Municipal Police Station after waiving their rights during the inquest proceedings.

Judy Ann Napalit Manco, owner of Pukka Bar, Pierre Jane Loredo, and Kris Samantha Barrios on Saturday waived their rights against arbitrary detention during the inquest proceedings, which prompted a preliminary investigation by the authorities.

Captain Ric Ramos, the spokesperson of the Provincial Police Office (PPO), confirmed Monday morning that the culprits were transferred back to El Nido on February 8.

The three alleged suspects in the murder in El Nido of a 17-year-old girl. (Contributed photos)

“They opted to avail their waiver on Article 125 (delay in the delivery of detained persons) para hindi makasuhan ‘yong police natin ng arbitrary detention,” Ramos explained.

The suspects will be given 10 days to file a counter-affidavit against the charges filed against them, according to the criminal procedure.

The prosecutor, upon scrutinizing the pieces of evidence and the counter-affidavit, will weigh on the merits of the case to determine probable cause against them.

The 17-year-old murder victim. (Contributed photo)

“Eventually, puwede silang ipatawag for clarificatory hearing ng piskal tapos titimbangin ang pieces of evidence, bago sila bigyan ng warrants of arrest at commitment order na depende sa judge,” Ramos added.

The culprits were facing murder charges in relation to Republic Act (RA) 7610 or child abuse after the 17-year-old victim died because of an alleged beating that transpired on February 6.

They will be under the custody of the El Nido MPS as the preliminary investigation continues. (with a report from Bella Mutia)

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