Police has artist sketch of Cali’s killer

AUTHORITIES yesterday said they already have the artist sketch of the alleged perpetrator in the killing of Ale Cali, a mixed martial arts fighter, along Ulas Crossing last Sunday morning.

Speaking on yesterday’s Afp-Pnp press conference, Chief Inspector Milgrace C. Driz, spokesperson of Davao City Police Office (DCPO) said Talomo Police precinct Chief Inspector Alfredo Santillana presented the artist sketch of the suspect. They cannot reveal the sketch to the media yet.

“We cannot release the sketch since it is still under investigation,” Driz said, adding that the information is still for verification and is not final.

Atty. Dante Gierran, Director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI-XI) , also told reporters that with the sketch report they can’t file a case against the perpetrator.

“We cannot file a case based on the artist sketch presented because we have yet to identify the perpetrator of the crime,” Gierran said.

However Gierran clarified that they can’t charge immediately a person through hearsay, as a military official’s involvement in the crime surfaced.

“Even with those allegations, we cannot file a case. It must be backed with concrete evidence,” he said.

“But we can summon the person through subpoena under RA 157, after we have investigated the crime, after   building up evidence against the person. The witnesses need to execute an affidavit and some other evidence,” he added.

“Because of the intelligence report we will invite him, so that he can help. If he has not committed a crime, he can clear himself.”

Lt. Col. Francis Carter Sibal, Battalion Commander of the Civil Miltary Operation(CMO), said that he has not heard of military intelligence officers being suspects but they are open for investigation on the matter.

“The military can be investigated, we are not exempted by law,” he said.

Meanwhile, they will not create a Task Group to focus on the case because the NBI and the Davao City Police and Talomo Police Precinct are collaborating on the case.

Lawyer Archie Albao, NBI XI special Investigator, on Tuesday said that although investigators have not dismissed the love triangle theory, they have also started looking into possible motives.

Based on some reports, Cali was reported to have been killed because he had an affair with a wife of a military official.

“Because Cali is a mixed martial arts fighter this is one angle that we are following. He also has a lot of students who are trainedin boxing, running and mixed martial arts,” Albao said.

He added that before he was killed, the victim sought the help of the agency after receiving threating messages from an unidentified senders. ”He (Cali) texted me last Thursday or Friday na merong sumusunod sa kanya so I advised him na huwag muna lumabas nang bahay at huwag na muna mag trabaho,” Albao said.

He added that even the woman who allegedly was having an affair with Cali also complained to the agency that she was receiving threatening messages.

He added that what complicated the issue was that the victim also had a girlfriend in Japan.

Chief Inspector Milgrace C. Driz, spokesperson of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), said the police investigators will cooperate with the NBI in resolving the case.

Driz, like Albao, said police are still facing a blankwall on the case. ”Wala pud mi kabalo kung naa ni kalambigitan sa military ang sa amo kay love triangle sa iyang estudyante, mao na ato ginasuta karon ang threat niya nga gireport niya sa NBI para mahibal an nato kung unsa jud kalawom ang threat niya.”

Cali was about to alight from his vehicle when one of the men on a motorcycle also alighted and shot him, resulting in his immediate death.

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