Cy­ber­crime unit ex­am­in­ing USTP pres­i­dent’s phone

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Al­wen Salir­ing

Apo­lice of­fi­cial yes­ter­day, De­cem­ber 7, said in­ves­ti­ga­tors now have Dr. Ri­cardo Ro­toras’ mo­bile phone and are now set to re­trieve and scour the mur­dered univer­sity pres­i­dent’s phone records and text mes­sages for pos­si­ble leads.

Chief In­spec­tor Mardy Hor­tillosa II, spokesper­son of the Ca­gayan de Oro City Po­lice Of­fice (Cocpo), said Ro­toras’ mo­bile phone is now with the po­lice’s Cy­ber­crime unit for the re­trieval of mes­sages and call records.

“Basin naay mga com­mu­ni­ca­tion didto nga maka­hatag og lead sa kaso (Maybe there are com­mu­ni­ca­tion that could help give more leads in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion),” Hor­tillosa said.

Hor­tillosa said in­ves­ti­ga­tors will also ask the Na­tional Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (NBI) for as­sis­tance in trac­ing the calls and mes­sages.

Hor­tillosa also con­firmed footage taken from a Closed Cir­cuit Tele­vi­sion Cam­era (CCTV) near the crime scene ob­tained by the Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Task Group (SITG) Ro­toras is a bit blurry and is giving in­ves­ti­ga­tors a hard time in iden­ti­fy­ing the killers.

The plate num­ber of the pickup truck used by the sus­pects as get­away ve­hi­cle was also only vaguely cap­tured by the CCTV.

But the po­lice of­fi­cial ex­perts may still be able to en­hance the CCTV footage.

“Kung dili kaya sa NBI and Cy­ber­crime diri basin dad-on siya sa Manila kay dili gyud mak­laro ang kuha sa CCTV. Kung ma-en­hance na diha na nato mak­laro (we may have to bring the CCTV footage to Manila if this can not be en­hance by the NBI and the Cy­ber­crime unit here),” Hor­tillosa said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are check­ing if other cam­eras along the exit route of the sub­di­vi­sion may have recorded im­ages of the per­pe­tra­tors.

He said po­lice is also ex­am­in­ing the of­fice of Ro­toras in­side the univer­sity for pos­si­ble clues to the mur­der.

The of­fice of the state-run univer­sity pres­i­dent in­side the cam­pus has been locked and guarded by the school ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Hor­tillosa said they will no longer place po­lice per­son­nel out­side Ro­toras’ of­fice since it is not a crime scene and the school’s ad­min­is­tra­tion had the said of­fice locked and se­cured.

(PHO­TOS BY JOEY P. NACALABAN)

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