NBI, cops info on Archival’s killing coincide-A A +A
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
THE police and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 concurred on their findings in the ambush-slay of lawyer Noel Archival and his two companions.
Supt. Renato Malazarte, spokesperson of the Special Investigation Task Group Archival, made the disclosure yesterday after the two law enforcement agencies conducted a case conference on Monday for the first time.
“Dako nata og kalambuan gyud. Ni-coincide ra among investigation sa NBI pud (We have gone far with the development of the case. Our investigation and that with the NBI coincided),” he told reporters.
The NBI 7 conducted a parallel investigation upon the request of Archival’s family to help identify the assailants who ambushed and killed the lawyer, his aide and driver last Feb. 18 in Barangay Coro, Dalaguete.
During the case conference, Malazarte said they consolidated all pieces of evidence gathered from the crime scene and affidavits of witnesses.
Intelligence investigators from the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) and the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 also gave their additional inputs.
Malazarte, however, didn’t elaborate on the development of the case so as not to jeopardize their investigation.
He said they have discussed everything from ballistic results to newly-discovered evidence and getaway vehicles used by the assailants.
“Naa na gyud tay lead kung posible kinsa ang suspeks (We already have a lead on the possible identities of the suspects),” said Malazarte.
According to the task group, four firearms-9mm pistols and M16 rifles-may have been used by the perpetrators following the release of ballistic results.
Three vehicles may have been used as indicated from the footage captured by a closed-circuit television camera acquired by the police.
The task group is also looking into Archival’s work as a prominent lawyer who handled high-profile criminal cases as possible motive of the attack.
Archival, his aide Candido Miñoza and driver Alejandro Jayme were heading home after attending the court hearing when they were ambushed.
Archival and Miñoza died on the spot while Jayme died on the hospital. It was only Paulo Cortes, Archival’s other aide, who survived.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 12, 2014.