THE technicians from the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group and the Crime Laboratory have restored the defaced serial numbers of the pick-up abandoned by the killers of Trece Martires City, Cavite Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan and his driver last July 7, Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde announced yesterday.
“In the murder of Vice Mayor Lubigan of Trece Martires City, forensic examiners of the PNP Crime Laboratory have worked round-the-clock in gathering more evidence from the recovered getaway vehicle, including restoration of the defaced vehicle identification markings and lifting of latent prints and possible traces of identifiable human material that led to the identification of its real owners that would finally lead us to the real perpetrators of this heinous crime,” Albayalde said.
Technicians from the PNP-HPG under Chief Supt. Roberto Fajardo and the PNP Crime Lab headed by Chief Supt. Rolando Hinanay Jr. are experts in determining the real engine and serial numbers of a particular motor vehicle even if they have been deliberately erased or eroded with a grinding machine by criminals in an effort to hide clues that will lead to their identification.
Through a macro-etching process and by searching for all secret numbers of a motor vehicle, PNP-HPG and PNP Crime Lab experts can either restore the erased vehicle numbers of find out other clues that will lead to the identification of the registered owner of the vehicle with the help of the Land Transportation Office and the car manufacturers.
“The progress of investigation in both (General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand) Bote and Lubigan cases are the direct results of relentless efforts made by their respective SITGs and the prompt response made by territorial units to our last Monday’s directive to intensify police visibility, random check points and focused law enforcement operations against gun for hire and private armed groups,” said Albayalde.
The PNP chief added that for just over a week, the Police Regional Office 4-A headed by Chief Supt. Edward E. Carranza has arrested 10 members of gun-for-hire syndicates operating in Calabarzon and nearby regions and killed one suspect during a police operation.
“It is worthy to note that the suspects believed to be involved in these latest killings of local chief executives were all members of gun for hire syndicates operating in the country,” Albayalde said