Carwash in city provides new info on assailants

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Monday, March 3, 2014

THE Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) showed two facial composites of the possible assailants of lawyer Noel Archival in Dalaguete Cebu.

Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) Chief Rodulfo Albotra said the second and third facial composites came up after a carwash shop in Cebu City informed the PIB of a pick-up vehicle that was left for cleaning a day after Archival and three others were ambushed.

The carwash boy allegedly said there were empty shells of M16 rifle found in the vehicle.


Car wash

The boy told the police there were three men in the vehicle and did not disembark when their car was washed. They used a silver or gray Toyota Hillux.

“This could be one of the vehicles used, because from the CCTV in Dalaguete, there was a pickup used in the ambush,” said Albotra.

“He (the boy) was able to take note of the two men on the front seat and we were able to make facial composites based on his description,” said Albotra.

He said the two persons in the sketches may be involved in Archival’s death because of the empty shells found in the vehicle.

Empty shells

“We cannot conclude yet if this is really related but it’s worth a try based on the empty shells seen by the carwash boy,” Albotra said.

The boy said the three men reportedly had a different accent and diction.

The man seated on the driver’s seat was described to be about 37 years old with fair complexion and a medium build.

He was reportedly wearing a cap and shades, with earrings on his left ear and a mole on his left face. He also had a birthmark on his right arm and a decayed front tooth.

The second man, seated on the front passenger seat, reportedly had long hair, bulging eyes andwhiskers. He appeared to be in his 30’s with a stocky build.


The third man who was seated on the backseat was not recognized by the boy since he was covering his face.

“We are showing this to the public so that if they see these men in the sketches, they might be able to recognize them and may have to report it to us,” Albotra said.

However, the PIB chief said the empty shells gathered by the carwash boy were thrown away after the vehicle left.

“We are trying to locate asa to nalabay ang empty shells; that could really help us in our investigation,” said Albotra.


He said the ballistic examination done by the PNP crime lab had yet to be completed.

Last week, the first facial composite was shown based on one witness’ description.

On Feb. 17, Archival along with Edu Minoza and Alejandro Jayme died on the spot while Paolo Cortes sustained a gunshot wound on his arms.

They were in a Ford Escape when unidentified assailants fired at their vehicle in Barangay Coro, Dalaguete.

At least 31 bullet holes from an M16 rifle marked all sides of the SUV (YGE-240). Seven empty shells and two deformed slugs were found 20 meters away from the vehicle.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 04, 2014.

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