NBI holds own probe on Archival’s killing

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014


AN information of the text messages extracted from the mobile phones of slain lawyer Noel Archival and his companions showed the victims did not receive death threats prior to the attack.

The result was released to the public by Special Investigation Task Group Archival yesterday.

This, as the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 announced it will conduct its own investigation on the killing.

Supt. Renato Malazarte of Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO), however, said that the extracted text messages still proved useful to the police because these coincided with the direction the investigation is going.

Malazarte, task force spokesperson, said the results could be linked to a case they are looking into. He, however, refused to disclose more information about it.

The forensic examination was conducted by Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) Visayas Field Unit of Philippine National Police (PNP).

Malazarte, during the interview, said they will ask for the help of Camp Crame to extract more information from the three mobile phones.

Forensic investigators were only able to extract the text messages since 2008 that were stored in the subscriber identity module (SIM) cards.

“Karaan man gud ni ilang mga cellphones na (Their cellular phones are a bit outdated),” he said.

One of the mobile phones, Malazarte said, was also smeared with blood after the victims were ambushed and that made it hard for forensic investigators to work with.

It has been a week since the victims were attacked in a deserted stretch in Barangay Coro, Dalaguete.

Archival, 53; his aide Candido Miñoza, 53; and driver Alejandro Jayme, 47, were killed. The lawyer’s other aide, Paulo Cortes, survived and is still recuperating in a hospital.

A team of policemen was deputized by the task group to interview Archival’s friends, especially lawyers who could provide information.

They have also asked car rental companies to ask if the vehicles used in the ambush were rented, but these turned out negative.

The task group, Malazarte said, is now waiting for the results of the ballistic examination and will consolidate all the evidence gathered.

NBI 7 Director Antonio Pagatpat said he received a letter from Archival’s brother, Cebu City Councilor Nestor Archival, requesting his office to conduct a separate inquiry.

Pagatpat said they will coordinate with the task group created by the police.

“Gusto niya na kami tumulong sa ibang ahensiya (He wants us to help with the other agency),” he said.

He assigned a team on the case led by supervising agents Rennan Oliva and Jose Ermie Monsanto.

Oliva said they have yet to receive an order from Pagatpat before they can start.

The Special Investigation Task Group Archival is already conducting an inquiry on the incident.

A sketch of the man who was seen by Paulo Cortes-the lone survivor in the attack-was released by the police.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 26, 2014.

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