No breakthrough yet on Eustaquio killing PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 April 2012 13:59

Police investigators are still far from solving the April 8 gunslaying of Universidad de Zamboanga president Arturo “Archie” F. Eustaquio III, mainly because several witnesses who saw the killing hesitate to come forward to give vital information.

This was learned during a press briefing held by Task Group Archie yesterday to give update on the celebrated killing.

Investigators said the ballistic test of the physical evidence gathered in the Guiwan shootout last week did not match the pieces of evidence gathered at Maestra Vicenta, Sta. Maria, where Eustaquio was gunned down.

They admitted that with this development, police are far yet from solving the murder case as some persons who saw the gunmen are hesitant to stand as witnesses.

Chief Supt. Mario Yanga, OIC City Police Director and head of Task Group Archie, however said that cross matching with other physical evidence is still being undertaken with the hope that people who have full knowledge of the killing would come out to  help investigators solve it.

Of the many persons who saw the killing that took place at past noon, only one volunteered to give information to investigators particularly on the motorcycle that was used by the killers, said Yanga said during the press briefing held with Mayor Celso Lobregat and Supt. Crisaldo Castillo, chief investigator from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-9 (CIDG-9).

Despite this development, Yanga assured that authorities are still on control of the peace and order situation in the city.

To fasttrack the solution of the Eustaquio case, both the city government and police decided to double the amount of the reward from P100,000 to P200,000 to be given to anyone who can assist and help authorities arrest the killers and lead them to the mastermind.

It has been 12 days after Eustaquio was shot few meters away from his residence in Sta. Maria,  but the Task Group Archie headed by Yanga is still evaluating at least three possible angles on the motive of the killing.

CIDG-9, the lead investigating group, represented by Supt. Castillo, said that corporate problem, love triangle and business deals are among the many possible motives which are now being closely evaluated by them.

In addition, Lobregat revealed to newsmen an information he gathered from the Eustaquio family particularly the threat that was received nine days before Eustaquio was gunned down.

Lobregat said the family told him that Archie’s sister, Atty. Linda Eustaquio-Lim,  received a phone call last March 23, 2012 threatening her and her brother Archie.

The caller reportedly advised her not to reveal the information to the authorities and she was further reminded in chabacano dialect …”talli lang na areredor” (Just around the corner).

Lobregat said this information was made known only after Eustaquio’s death which is now part of the investigation.

Considering that it was not only the UZ president who was threatened,  but also his sister Atty. Lim, the task group is now in the process of trying to eliminate other angles.

It was also revealed by the CIDG-9 representative that the Eustaquio family has purchased  properties in Pagadian City and in Zamboanga City recently. The latter is populated with illegal settlers, according to Castillo. — Jimmy Villaflores