NBI:No word from HPG yet

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Thursday, March 27, 2014


NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 Director Max Salvador said they are just doing their job in solving the ambush-slay of lawyer Noel Archival and two other persons.

His statement came after Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 personnel said they were demoralized when NBI tagged four of their officials as suspects.

HPG 7 officials were linked to the killing of Archival and two others when the NBI and a special task group traced one of the vehicles used in the Feb. 18 ambush to the HPG impounding area.

Salvador said the NBI is not saying the HPG 7 officials are the perpetrators of the crime. “We are still investigating the case,” he added.

He also said the HPG officials have the right not to speak because "no one can be forced to testify against themselves."

The NBI 7 summoned

Last week, NBI summoned Supt. Romualdo Iglesia, HPG 7 director; Chief Insp. Eduardo Mara, HPG 7 deputy chief; Senior Insp. Joselito Lerion, HPG 7 special operations team head; and SPO4 Edwin Galan, HPG 7 chief clerk, last week. But the four sent their lawyer instead.

Salvador said the HPG officials did submit their affidavits yesterday.

Inocencio dela Cerna, lawyer of the four HPG officials, advised his clients not to go to the NBI for they believe the agency is conducting a “fishing expedition.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 28, 2014.

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