CIDG Davao gets P5-M digital forensic lab equipment

August 9, 2010 11:58 am 

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 9 – The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Davao recently received the P5 million worth of digital forensic laboratory equipment to provide tools for effective evidence gathering in the region.

CIDG-Davao Regional Director Generoso Bonifacio said CIDG National Director Leonilo dela Cruz personally attended the turnover ceremony over the weekend with a representative from the Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program (ATAP) under the US government.

Bonifacio said the laboratory equipment has the capability to retrieve any digital media from any instrument such as cellphones, computers and cameras even after the files' deletion.

He also said the equipment has the capacity to connect to all digital media and retrieve data.

“We can trace what happened by going back to what were the text messages way before the crime, or retrieve emails from the computer and pictures from digital cameras even if they were deleted prior to the crime. We then would have the capability of knowing evidences leading to the crime," Bonifacio said.

"The forensics layout provider is a great help in evidence gathering, having an investigative lead and intelligence. This is in line with efforts to keep up with technological advancement. The Philippine National Police needs to be equipped with the necessary tools to combat cyber crimes and utilize it as well in fighting other criminalities," he added.

On the other hand, Bonifacio thanked ATAP for the donation.

"I am very thankful for the donation of ATAP. Actually, when I was the director in General Santos City, they did gave one there and now, after four months in service in Davao Region, they gave us another one here. This is due to our good relations with them. This is really a welcome development," Bonifacio said.

He said ATAP is a nationwide program of the US government, adding that the other areas in the country that also received digital forensic laboratories are the Camp Crame for the Philippine National Police (PNP), and CIDG offices of General Santos City and Zamboanga City.

ATAP has also committed to train a team that will be assigned to the forensic laboratory, he added. (PNA) FFC/JLC/lvp

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