2 kinds of guns used in Archival slay

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Thursday, March 6, 2014


SUSPECTS in the ambush of lawyer Noel Archival may have used four firearms during the attack last Feb. 18 in Barangay Coro, Dalaguete town.

Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Danilo Constantino said that based on the initial ballistic test, empty shells recovered from the crime scene came from two 9mm pistols and two M16 rifles.

The ballistic test is yet to be completed and police will have to check the shells further. Constantino, however, said that these initial results indicate that the ambush was planned.

Constantino also said that what is making it more difficult for them to identify the assailants is the fact that private individuals may also secure licenses for their M16 rifles, aside from members of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The police official, however, is hoping that CCTV footages taken during the ambush will help identify the suspects, who reportedly used three vehicles.

He is also asking the public not to hesitate to approach authorities if they have any
information regarding the identities of the suspects.

Police released early this week two facial composites of two of the suspects.

Archival came from Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental and was on his way home when the suspects rained bullets on his vehicle.

Also killed in the ambush were Archival’s aide Candido Miñoza and his driver Alejandro Jayme. Only his other aide, Paulo Cortes, survived.

At least 31 bullets from an M16 rifle marked all sides of Archival’s vehicle. Seven empty shells and two deformed slugs were also found 20 meters away from the vehicle.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 06, 2014.

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