HPG 7 exec says he’ll stay in PH

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Friday, March 28, 2014


HIGHWAY Patrol Group (HPG) 7 deputy chief Eduardo Mara said he will stay in the country and face whatever charges will be filed against him.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) tagged Mara and three HPG 7 officials as suspects in the ambush-killing of lawyer Noel Archival and two companions last Feb. 18.

Mara denied involvement in the crime.

“He (Archival) has been very friendly to me. I have no reason to do that to him,” he said.

Mara said Archival represented a client who was accused of carnapping two years ago.

During the filing of the case against Archival’s client, Mara said the lawyer gave him a bottle of mineral water.

Family

Mara told the media yesterday that his family has been affected by the allegation.

He said two of his three children cried when they learned about the development. He said he did not tell his daughter who is in college because she might not be able to handle it.

“My children asked me if it’s true, and I told them I have nothing to do with it,” said Mara.

He said some friends and relatives also asked him. “It is a very big accusation,” said Mara. He added that even though he has not been charged, his reputation has been tarnished.

Reputation

“Lisod man gud, bisan wala kay sala but if your reputation has been tarnished, mausab na gyud ang tan-aw sa ubang tawo (If your reputation has been tarnished, people treat you differently even if you have not done anything wrong),” lamented Mara.

He urged the NBI to check their information before dragging names. He said he can only speak for himself.

Also tagged as suspects are Supt. Romualdo Iglesia, HPG 7 chief; Sr. Insp. Joselito Lerion; and SPO4 Edwin Galan, HPG 7 chief clerk.HPG public information officer Oliver Plania earlier dismissed allegations that the police unit is involved in the killing of Archival.

The NBI and a special task group traced one of the vehicles that were allegedly used in the Archival ambush to the HPG 7 impounding area.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 29, 2014.

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