NBI 7 faked proof on Archival ambush: highway patrol officers

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


FIVE former Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 officials hit back at five National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 officers for allegedly fabricating evidence to make it appear they conspired to ambush lawyer Noel Archival and his two aides last February.

The policemen lodged before the Office of the Ombudsman a complaint accusing the NBI 7 officials, two fellow policemen and four others of oppression, grave misconduct, and violation of the anti-graft law.
The policemen asked the anti-graft office to place the respondents under preventive suspension, while waiting for the outcome of a preliminary investigation.

The respondents "falsified entries in the logbook of the security guards obviously to fabricate evidence and incriminate the complainants," the policemen said.

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Lawyer Max Salvador, NBI 7 chief, belittled the complaint.

"That's part of the game. We don't care. As long as we are doing our jobs, we are not afraid (of charges)," Salvador told Sun.Star Cebu in a phone interview.

The policemen should answer the allegations squarely instead of filing what Salvador called a "harassment" case.

Named respondents were NBI 7 agents Jose Ermie Monsanto, Rennan Augustus Oliva, Larry Dominguez, Teodoro Saavedra, Edgardo Baldemos; police officers Reynaldo Solante and Norman Anos; security guards Joel Balingcasag, Adrian Gulfan and Junel Gumahay; and private respondent Paulo Cortes.

The complainants are Insp. Joselito Lerion, former HPG 7 Special Operations Team chief; Supt. Romualdo Iglesia, former HPG 7 director; Chief Insp. Eduardo Mara, former HPG provincial chief; SPO4 Edwin Galan, former HPG 7 designated custodian; and PO1 Alex Bacani.

They allegedly conspired to ambush lawyer Noel Archival, his aide Candido Miñoza, and his driver Alejandro Jayme in Dalaguete, Cebu last Feb. 18.

The five policemen, who denied any involvement in the ambush, were relieved from their posts and temporarily assigned to the Personnel Holding Administrative Section in Camp Crame, while waiting for the results of the administrative inquiry.

In their complaint, the policemen said the NBI 7 agents submitted the "fabricated evidence" to support the filing of charges against them before the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor's Office.

They accused Monsanto of fabricating evidence to retaliate against the HPG, which had filed criminal and administrative charges against him and his wife with the ombudsman.

The policemen alleged that Solante and Saavedra fabricated their affidavit when they attested that the red Toyota Vios and Mitsubishi Strada inside the HPG compound were used in the ambush of Archival and his aides.

Monsanto, Cortes, Balingcasag, Gulfan and Gumahay allegedly conspired to fabricate evidence such as affidavits, logbooks, reports, referral complaint and a bullet's empty shell to support the filing of multiple charges against the policemen.

The policemen said that Dominguez, Monsanto and Oliva "maliciously" obtained the allegedly falsified affidavits, logbook and report to apply for a search warrant.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 24, 2014.

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