He also told MindaNews that the recommendation made by Philippine National Police regional chief, Chief Superintendent Pedro Tango, for the city to appropriate P500,000 as reward money, has been approved.
Tango, like Duterte, is a lawyer.
Rebelyn was abducted early evening of March 4 in Bago Gallera, Talomo, some 300 meters from the national highway. Her body was found dumped in a irrigation drainage canal in Barangay San Isidro, Carmen, Davao del Norte, afternoon of March 5.
The driver of the tricycle that Rebelyn rode from the highway and flagged by the abductors had said that Rebelyn was dragged into a parked white van in Bago Gallera, Talomo, some 300 meters from the highway, bearing plate number LPG-588.
Manalang said the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has no record of an “LPG-588” and that it is deemed “fictitious” because the first two letters of Davao City plates are still at LG. “LPG” will be available only after several years.
Asked if it was possible that the witness may have erroneously read LPG instead of LFG, Manalang said it is possible and that they had requested LTO to also look into LFG-588. He said they were informed that LFG-588 is a white KIA van but its ownership is still being established.