Second vehicle used in ambush ‘identified’

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Sunday, February 23, 2014


A NEW footage from a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera that shows what happened minutes before the ambush of lawyer Noel Archival and his companions in Dalaguete, Cebu has been discovered.

Supt. Renato Malazarte, spokesperson of Special Investigation Task Group Archival, said the footage may also confirm that a sedan believed to be a Toyota Vios was the second vehicle used by the assailants.

The footage was turned over by the Dalaguete Police Station last Friday, he said, after it was found from an establishment before reaching Barangay Coro where the victims were ambushed last Tuesday afternoon.

Still looking

Malazarte said the video shows a red pickup truck believed to be a Toyota Hilux ahead of Archival’s black Ford Escape. The sedan, on the other hand, was tailing the lawyer’s sports utility vehicle.

Based on their running speed, the vehicles were caught by the CCTV less than 15 minutes from the ambush.

Malazarte said the plate numbers of the assailants’ vehicles couldn’t be clearly seen due to poor quality.

“Nagsige pa ta og pangita basin naa pa gyuy laing CCTV nakakuha nila (We’re still looking for clearer footage),” he said.

Malazarte, when interviewed by Sun.Star Cebu, said they’ve also distributed the cartographic sketch of a man seen by Paulo Cortes, the lone survivor of the ambush.

Thorough check

The man, according to Cortes, was apparently monitoring them while they were at the Regional Trial Court in Dumaguete City attending a court hearing.
Malazarte said the picture has been distributed to different intelligence communities in a bid to identify the man who could be part of the ambush.
“Gitanaw sad namo basin naa ni siya criminal records o naa sa rogue’s gallery (We also checked if he has any criminal record or if he’s in the rogue’s gallery),” he said.

The rogue’s gallery is a collection of pictures of criminals and suspects kept for identification purposes.

The task force, composed of different police units, is also checking car rental companies since the assailants may have rented the vehicles.
Archival and his staff were heading back to Cebu City when they were attacked in a deserted stretch of Coro, a coastal barangay.

Archival and his aide Candido Miñoza were killed on the spot. His driver Alejandro Jayme was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.
The lawyer rose to prominence in Cebu for handling high-profile cases and controversial personalities, including the case of fugitive cult leader Ruben Ecleo Jr.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 23, 2014.

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