Cops can’t get lock on vehicles’ plates

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

THE Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) has retrieved a new CCTV footage that might solve the fatal ambush of lawyer Noel Archival and his two companions last month.

But CPPO Director Noel Gillamac, head of the Special Investigation Task Group for Archival, admitted not being able to get the vehicles’ plate number.

“In the footage, the vehicle was seen but the plate number is not clear, so we need the technology to zoom the footage. We do not have that in the CPPO,” he said.


Gillamac said they are coordinating with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Cybercrime Group to improve the footage’s quality.

He said they are also sharing information about the incident so their investigation will be on the same tract.

He said if the NBI does not have the technology to zoom in on the footage to check the plate number, they may have to ask the US embassy or the Interpol (International Police) for help.

Calling for more witnesses

“One option is to ask help from other agencies for the fast solution of the case,” Gillamac said.

He also said they need more witnesses to help them identify the perpetrators.

He said the witnesses they have now did not give them any vital information.

He said that Cebu City Councilor Nestor Archival, the victim’s brother, visited him last Monday to ask about the case.

“I have updated him (Nestor) about our investigation and so he knows where the investigation is going,” added Gillamac.

Also last Monday, the CPPO released two facial composites of men who may have been involved in the shooting.

In a related development, the Provincial Board (PB) passed a resolution, requesting NBI 7 Director Antonio Pagatpat to appear in its next session to shed light on the ambush that also killed Archival’s aide Candido Miñoza and driver Alejandro Jayme last Feb. 17.

PB Member Arleigh Sitoy, author of the resolution, pointed out that Pagatpat will give them a clearer view of the case.

The PB also approved Resolutions 403 and 385, which expressed condolences to the family of Archival and condemned the death of the lawyer, Miñoza and Jayme.

Remembering Archival

“His (Archival) works and contributions to the society will forever be remembered by the Province and its people including his colleagues in the profession,” a part of Sitoy’s resolution read.

The lone survivor of the incident, Paolo Cortes, who also served as aide of Archival, was shot in the arm and is still confined in the hospital.

Meanwhile, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 has asked the Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7 to comb through its files for a vehicle that will match the description of the pick-up that was used in the ambush.

“They asked (for) the records of all the motor vehicles listed under the system having the same number combination and description”, said LTO 7 Acting Director Arnel Tancinco.

Tancino said the LTO cannot give all details immediately unless it’s on a particular matter because of regulations surrounding the confidentiality of records.

He said he talked with the regional director of Stradcom, their information technology provider, who told him there’s a possibility the records of these pick-up vehicles will be released to the police.

Tancinco said that when he was in Manila last week, he found out that there are more than 200 pages for pick-up vehicles alone.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 05, 2014.

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