Police plan to ask FBI to assist probe

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Monday, March 10, 2014

THE Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Archival is mulling the possibility of asking for assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to help solve the ambush-slay of a Cebuano lawyer and his two companions.

Supt. Rodolfo Albotra, a member of the task group, said they plan to ask for help from their foreign counterparts on the technical aspect of the investigation.

He said the FBI might be able to help enhance the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage of the vehicles used by the assailants.


Two FBI personnel visited the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) yesterday. They are investigating a separate case involving a foreign national.

CPPO Director Noel Gillamac raised the idea of asking for help from the FBI, who gave a positive response, Albotra said.


The task group convened yesterday afternoon together with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 for the first time.

No one was interviewed by the media as the task group talked with Cebu City Councilor Nestor Archival after their case conference.

Albotra, in an earlier interview, said they will discuss updates on the case of lawyer
Noel Archival.

Archival, his aide Candido Miñoza and driver Alejandro Jayme were ambushed and killed in Barangay Coro, Dalaguete last Feb. 18.

They were heading home from a court hearing in Dumaguete City when attacked.

Paulo Cortes, Archival’s other aide, survived the ambush.

Nestor Archival, in a separate interview, said there are significant developments in the case.

“Nagtuo gihapon ko masulbad ni bisan og circumstantial evidence ra ang naa sa police,” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 11, 2014.

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