Police ready to shed light on Archival slay probe

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Thursday, March 13, 2014


THE police are willing to bring to light their investigation on the ambush-slaying of lawyer Noel Archival after a resolution was made by the Cebu City Council to ask for updates on the case.

“We are very much willing, but except for some confidential information that might hamper our investigation,” said Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac, director of Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO).

Gillamac, who is the head of Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Archival, said he hasn’t yet received the request from the council as of yesterday.

Barely a month since the ambush, he assured them they are making significant developments with the help of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7.

Brother

One of the members of the council is Cebu City Councilor Nestor Archival, brother of the prominent Cebuano criminal lawyer.

“We are on the right track. We’re doing our best for the speedy resolution of this case,” Gillamac told reporters.

The police director, however, said they are having a hard time finding witnesses who could pinpoint the suspects during the interview.

The resolution was passed on Wednesday if the police need support on the investigation to hasten it and to avoid the possibility of adding Archival’s case to those unsolved cases.

Leads

Chief Supt. Danilo Constantino, director of Police Regional Office (PRO) 7, said the task group already have leads on the possible group behind the ambush.

He also reminded them to find concrete evidence and not only rely on circumstantial
evidence so the case will prosper in court.

In case the task group wants a particular area to be searched, Constantino said they must secure a search warrant. This would apply if the task group wants to confiscate the vehicles used in the ambush.

Archival, his aide and driver were killed when they were ambushed in Barangay Coro, Dalaguete last Feb. 18. The police are looking into the attack as work-related.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 14, 2014.

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