Buzz: “If cops killed Noel, they did a messy job?”

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Monday, March 24, 2014

If the suspects tagged by NBI in the Feb. 18 murder of lawyer Noel Archival would be found in the preliminary investigation and charged in court as the probable killers, it couldn’t be said that they did a “clean” job.

They goofed, an observer on police affairs noted, in:

—Not keeping away their vehicles from any CCTV camera or making them unrecognizable on video;


—Using, among others, a Toyota Vios in screaming red and putting it back, with another one of four crime-scene vehicles, where it was impounded, the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) storage area;

—The date recorded for the withdrawal of the vehicles coincided with the day of the ambush-killing;

—A court document relating to a complaint of the lawyer against HPG personnel was found in the car.

It’s not known yet what other forensic evidence they had left in the car; if they could overlook a highly visible document, they could’ve missed other incriminating materials not easily seen.

Too much damage collaterally

From the start, a Bzzzzz source says, it was a messy job. Why did they pull it when there were many others around against whom they must have no grievance?

Two others were killed, including Archival’s driver, and one other aide was seriously injured. They even left a witness, which was another bungling, aside from the extensive collateral damage.

There must have been occasions when the lawyer had only one companion. Apparently, not
enough sleuthing was done on Noel’s habits and activities.

“Mora’g di trabaho og pulis,” the Bzzzzz source says. “Or feeling ‘hubris’ lang sila.”

PNoy’s big fish: not among Top 5?

Initial reports said the leaders of the CPP-NPA, couple Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria (chairman and secretary general respectively), and their companions were arrested in Carcar City, not in Aloguinsan.

They were collared in Bry. Zaragoza, Aloguinsan, Cebu. There’s no Bry. Aloguinsan in Carcar City.

But what set off a lot of questions was whether the rebels were the “big fish” that President Aquino had intimated earlier.

The Palace evaded the inquiries, saying that it’s a question they must ask PNoy himself, another instance of “distancing” from their client. (Why couldn’t the spokespersons just say they still had to find out from the president?)

Initial sounding of public sentiment says that while the arrested leaders are “bigat,” they’re not the heavy personalities who’re out mocking the arm of the law: the top five with a P2 million bounty each—former general Jovito Palparan, former Palawan governor Joel Reyes, his brother Mario, and former Dinagat congressman Ruben Ecleo Jr.

People were thinking in the frame of the top five, who were reduced to four after the controversial arrest of businessman and large-scale estafa suspect Delfin Lee. Not those NPA-CPP bigwigs.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 25, 2014.

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