A controversial Philippine mayor shot dead during a flag-raising ceremony

July 5, 2018 | Brainwave Science


Antonio Halili, a controversial mayor of Philippines, was shot dead as he sang the national anthem outside the town hall of Tanauan, south of Manila. The CCTV footage showed bystanders screaming and running away after the shooting.

Mr. Halili, who paraded drug suspects through the streets, was known for his hardline position on drugs. But he was also accused of protecting drug traffickers – something he firmly refused.

The shooter escaped, and no suspects have been identified yet. Local police chief Renato Mercado told AFP the shooter had opened fire from about 150m (490ft) away. “The distance was extraordinary. It could not be done by an amateur person. His skill can be compared to a trained sniper,” he said.

Mr. Halili attracted international attention two years ago after he forced drug suspects to walk through the streets with signs of their alleged crimes, described as a “walk of shame”. But last year, his political power over local police was curtailed after the government accused him of links to the illegal drugs trade.

Since the Philippine government launched its all-out campaign on drugs in July 2016, it says more than 4,000 suspected drug users and dealers have died in police operations. The police argue that all of the killings were made in self-defense after the suspects resisted arrest. Rights groups say more than 12,000 have died in the drug war, and that many of the killings, including those by vigilantes, were extra-judicial.


Crime remains a significant concern in urban areas throughout the Philippines. According to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management, Illegal drug trade, human trafficking, murder, corruption and murder-for-hire remain significant concerns. The Philippines has one of the highest rates of murder cases in Southeast Asia. PNP struggles to solve such cases due to a multitude of reasons. Sometimes there isn’t enough evidence for a conviction; other times, there is no DNA or witnesses.

Local police chief Renato Mercado said that the shooter was a trained sniper who killed Mr. Antonio Halili from about 150m (490ft) distance. This murder was well planned and executed, leaving the authorities dazzled. Two other high-profile murder case, Philippine journalist Marlene Garcia-Esperat in Mindanao and Palawan radio journalist Gerardo Ortega are still unsolved.  The law enforcement authorities haven’t found any substantial evidence or intelligence to arrest/interrogate any relevant suspect. Law enforcement is constantly challenged to find an innovative way and distinct approaches to solving murder cases. With the security technologies currently at law enforcement’s disposal, authorities are having problems in keeping up with the criminal parties, as their methods are time and money consuming and don’t always reveal enough proof to lead to further investigation or prosecution.

So how can Philippine National Police solve such high-profile case in swift time frame with limited evidence, gather important intelligence, identify the perpetrator and mastermind and provide swift and concrete results in this case of murder of the Mayor?

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iCognative by Brainwave Science is a state-of-the-art, contemporary innovative security technology positioned to answer the Philippine authorities’ problems. This technology’s objective is to assist law enforcement personnel with different levels of security challenges in their efforts to keep citizens and provide prompt justice. iCognative has miraculous ability to help distinguish between an innocent and a perpetrator, by identifying information present in the brain of a suspect. This innovative technology can be of invaluable help in industries such as Counter-terrorism, Border Security, Counterintelligence or Cyber crime.

With the assistance of iCognative, authorities can gain valuable sources of missing information and links related to the murder of Antonio Halili. iCognative by Brainwave Science detects crime concerning concealed knowledge from any suspicious brain and aids an investigation by swift identification of the criminal. The technology relies on brain information processing that detects a distinct change in electrical activity, Event-Related Potential (ERP), when an individual brain responds to the sight of familiar stimuli.

In order to conduct a test on a suspect, a case test needs to be built, both known (relevant), as well as confidential information (only known to the perpetrator and investigating agencies), is input into iCognative system. For example, in this case, information such as dates of the crime, location, type of the sniper, location of the perpetrator and any relation to previous drug suspects? This information, used as stimuli in the form of words, phrases or pictures, depending on its availability, will be flashed for the suspect on a monitor, one after another. iCognative system collects brain responses to each stimulus and all these brain responses are analyzed at end of the test by fully automated software and determine with 99.9% accuracy if the information is present or absent in the brain of the suspect.

With the help of this scientific and unique technology, the perpetrator and mastermind for this notorious crime can be put behind bars provide justice to the Mr. Antonio Halili.  It will be life-saving technology for potential future victims of such horrifying crimes. iCognative by Brainwave Science promises its support to law enforcement agencies who protect citizens around the globe, help deliver justice and assist them in keeping their nations safe and protected.



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