NBI to take testimonies of hostage-taking survivors in Hong Kong

September 8, 2010 6:37 am 

MANILA, Sept. 7 –The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will get the testimonies of the survivors of the Manila bloody hostage-taking incident in Hong Kong.

This developed as ballistic examination will also be done in Hong Kong, which has more sophisticated equipment. It would only take three days to get the results of the ballistics in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong sophisticated equipment also gives very accurate result.

The two NBI teams will stay in Hong Kong until Friday.

The Department of Justice (DoJ) said the joint efforts of the Philippines and Hong Kong in the conduct of the probe is getting better.

The Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IICR) sent two teams to Hong Kong on Monday.

In an authority to travel, de Lima directed Assistant State Prosecutor Cielito C. Celi, of the Office of the Prosecutor General, National Prosecution Service, Department of Justice to fly to Hong Kong. Joining Celi in the first team were Head Agent Danielito Q. Lalusis and ballistician Perla Landicho, both of the NBI.

The second team was composed of Superintendents Lorlie Nilo Arroyo and Reynaldo Dimalanta de Guzman, both of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The NBI personnel also brought with them the slugs and shell casings used by the police assault team in the August 23 hostage-taking at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park,Ermita, Manila.

The two teams left Manila for Hong Kong via Cebu Pacific at 4:40 p.m. Monday. They brought with them several boxes of tested bullet shells and slugs from the firearms used by the police at the hostage taking.

The Justice department said the Philippine authorities started interviewing the survivors. The Philippine teams were also tasked to retrieve three mobile phones which were inadvertently turned over to Hong Kong authorities.(PNA) RMA/JES

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