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Mimaropa police chief orders separate probe on Quezon shootout

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Police pass by the bullet-riddled vehicle of suspected criminals along a road in the town of Atimonan in Quezon province, about 140 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines late Sunday Jan. 7, 2013. Philippine army special forces and police killed 13 suspected criminals in a gunbattle Sunday in the latest violence to erupt in the country in the past week. AP/Aaron Favila

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Philippines — A senior police official, two other policemen, a soldier and an environmental group officer were among the 13 persons who were killed Sunday in Atimonan, Quezon, in what the Quezon police said was a shootout between law enforcers and suspected members of a crime syndicate operating in the Southern Tagalog region.

The list of fatalities released Monday by the Quezon police, included the name of Superintendent Alfredo Perez Consemino, acting group director of the Regional Headquarters Support Group (RHSG) of the Mimaropa, the region that comprises the provinces of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan.

The two policemen killed in the shootout – Police Officer 1 Jeffrey Tarinay Valdez and Senior Police Officer 1 Gruet Alinea Mantuano – were both subordinates of Consemino  under the RHSG-Mimaropa, the list showed.

The death of Consemino and his two men startled the Mimaropa regional police director, Chief Supt. Melito Mabilin who, in a phone interview on Monday, announced he ordered a separate probe to determine why the three policemen from his region were involved in a gunfight in Quezon province.

Consemino, while based at the RHSG-Mimaropa headquarters Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro, was listed by the Quezon police as a resident of Purok 3 Ems Barrio,  Camp Vicente Lim, Calamba City.

Valdez was listed as being from Sitio Ilocandia Mapaya III, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro; while Mantuano, who was assigned at the Naujan police station in Oriental Mindoro while under the RHSG, was from Mabini Street, Barangay Ilaya, Calapan City.

Consemino and Valdez were on holiday leave and were not expected to report from the New Year’s break until Monday, according to Mabilin.

Mantuano, however, was supposed to be on his duty in Naujan on Sunday when the shooting happened in Atimonan, he said.

The slain soldier, identified as SSgt. Armando Aranda Lescano, has no listed place of assignment in the report. He was said to be a resident of 407 Lt. Ano Street, FAB, Lipa City.

Capt. Neminardo Perez, commander of the 554th Air Force Squadron at the Fernando Air Base in this city, however, confirmed on Monday that Lescano was “part of my staff” but he refused to elaborate.

He said he sent some PAF personnel to the house of Lescano  at around 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Monday but none of Lescano’s family members was around as they all reportedly went to Quezon to to retrieve his remains.

The most prominent personality among the civilian casualties was identified as Tirso Pada Lontok Jr., of Barangay (village) Sta. Lucia, Dolores, Quezon, who was once an executive assistant of Sariaya’s former mayor, Connie Doromal.

Lontok was known here in Quezon as one of the officials of the Luntiang Alyansa sa Bundok Banahaw (Labb), an environmentalist group advocating for the protection and rehabilitation of Mount Banahaw.

The other casualties were identified by the Quezon police as Victorino Siman Atienza Jr., Gerry Ancero Siman, Leonardo Catapang Marasigan and Conrado Redresca Decillo, all of Calamba City; Victor Garcia Gonzales, of Pulong Balon, Candaba, Pampanga; Maximo Manalastas Pelayo, of Crossing, Tigaon, Camarines Sur; Jimbeam Dyico Justiniani, of Quezon City; and  Paul Acedillo Quiohilag, of  608 Mabini, Biñan, Laguna.

Most of the fatalities were identified through the identification cards recovered from the scene while Gerry Siman was identified through a bank ATM card.

Mabilin said he ordered a check on the background of Consemino and found nothing that could link him to criminal activities.

“We’ve checked all his records, even from our counter-intelligence unit, but there was no any derogatory report found against Consemino. Since I assumed, he has not been involved in any criminal activity. I also knew the guy,” said Mabilin, who assumed the Mimaropa PNP post in October 2012.

Mabilin also stressed his office has not yet received the official  police report from the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) PNP.

“As part of our course of action, I sent our men to Quezon to find out why the three were together and what were they doing in Quezon,” Mabilin said.

Chief Supt James Melad, Calabarzon’s police director, said by phone on Monday that they were still investigating any involvement of the group in an illegal activity.

“What we know so far is that our men (with the Army) were conducting a checkpoint and instead of slowing down (for inspection) they opened fire,”

prompting government forces to retaliate, Melad said.

Melad said the police recovered 14 firearms, including an M16 rifle, an M14 US rifle, a 9mm pistol, and eleven .45 caliber guns.

The fatalities were initially identified by the military as residents of Bicol, a claim that angered Albay Gov. Joey Salceda.

Salceda said on Monday he would ask the Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) to be more ethnicity-sensitive since it was clear from the report that the “abusive tagging” and “premature labeling” were not the fault of Philippine Daily Inquirer but was made by the military source.

“Nanggaling lang sa Timog Quezon –Bicolano agad (Since they came from southern Quezon they were immediately labeled as Bicolanos,” lamented Salceda. With reports from Marrah Lesaba and Mar Arguelles, Inquirer Southern Luzon


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  • rolandtr

    This case is so messy! Governemnt can lose the election in Southern Tagalog with this case. Mar Roxas I hope you will get the best political advice on this issue. Saving your political future is more important than saving whoever is trying to cover up this mess.

  • yonoh

    hahahahahaha………pulis at pulis nagpatayan dahil sa P…………….buhay nga naman ng mga  imbis sa matinong trabaho eh………gusto nila malaking kita………….ayaw nilang maghirap.

  • tonyoks

    pulis, sundalo, informers, sila sila nagpapatayan…

    pano nga ba nman tayo nito makakausad eh yung mga dapat nagpatupad ng batas syang bumubutas…

    Mr. Roxas, ngayon ay nakikita mo na ang tunay na kulay ng mga tauhan mo…

    ayusin mo to or it will become a sore thumb that sticks up on whatever program you will have in the future….

    ayusin na hindi cover-up kundi ayusin na mapatino, maparusahan at maibalik ang tiwala ng mamamayan sa mga unipormadong tauhan mo…

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    DILG Mar Roxas, bakit biglang nanahimik ka? Saklaw mo itong mga PNP na nag rub-out. Saklaw mo rin ang inutil na Kawit Cavite PNP na ni-reshuffle kamakailan sa utos mo. Pawang mga hotspots ito pero ang gulo pa rin. Hindi na uubra ang puro ngawa, laway at sound bites lang. Magtrabho ka DILG Mar Roxas. Ibabalik ko lang ang sinabi mo noong nasa Tindignation Rally tayo sa Makati, TANG INA MO!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      Give Roxas a break.  He and wife Korina just arrived from holiday vacation abroad.

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        Who’s gonna give the victims a break? Ikaw?

        In the words of Mar Roxas, tang ina mo!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GRVAJUYIO6PRIAPQHNE6MYKNEQ Lando

     Mabilin said he ordered a check on the background of Consemino and found nothing that could link him to criminal activities.
    We’ve checked all his records, even from our counter-intelligence unit,
    but there was no any derogatory report found against Consemino. Since I
    assumed, he has not been involved in any criminal activity. I also knew
    the guy,” said Mabilin, who assumed the Mimaropa PNP post in October
    2012.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      Baka magaling magtago ng sikreto. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Dumadami ang mga grupo na nag-iimbistiga.
    Malamang, magka kaiba ang mga report!

  • 7_mgawalanghiyakayo

    normal lang yan ngayon na parating ang election, robbery, kidnapping, carnapping, sad to say pero marami pang patayan na posibling manggyari. sa aming lugar nga kalsada na maayos giniba upang palitan ng ganon paring kalsada o masmababa pa ang quality pera na budget kinurakot para pundo sa election, ganun ka manluluko ang politoko natin 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Gov. Salceda should not be too sensitive if the victims were called Bicolanos as if all Bicolanos are good.  

  • Ommm

    First they are drug dealers… then hired assassins… now all into illegal gambling….all within two days… The one fact is they are now all dead and the police are creating a whole lot of disinformation and confusion.

  • joshmale2004

    Chief Supt James Melad, Calabarzon’s police director, said by phone on Monday that they were still investigating any involvement of the group in an illegal activity.
    “What we know so far is that our men (with the Army) were conducting a checkpoint and instead of slowing down (for inspection) they opened fire,”
    prompting government forces to retaliate, Melad said.
    De Leon said the Quezon police received information that members of a big criminal syndicate from Bicol would pass by in the area on Sunday.“It was a solid tip from a government informer,” De Leon said by phone.”Coordination with the military led to the joint police-military checkpoint.”

    Mukhang may pagkakaiba sa statement ng head ng police at head ng military dito ah. Ang sabi ng police, they are still investigating involvement of the group in an illegal activity. Ibig sabihin, di pa positive ang activity ng grupo sa police. At base sa statement ng police, mukhang regular check point ang ginawa nila.Sabi naman ng head ng militar, solid tip ang nakuha nila na may dadaan dun na bigtime criminal syndicate. So sa panig ng militar, alam na nila na bigtime syndicate yung grupo.Sino ngayon ang nagsasabi ng totoo sa police at militar? Kitang kita sa mga picture ng dalawang SUV na galing sa malalakas na baril ang tumama at sa dami ng tama ng mga SUV, wala talagang mabubuhay sa mga nasa loob. Dapat makialam na ang DILG sa investigation at ilagay muna sa preventive suspension sa Crame at Aguinaldo ang mga involve sa shooting.

  • superpilipinas

    Its a basket with rotten bananas. If you can find one rotten, there’s more…and that’s for sure.Nothing to say, Mr. Mar Roxas?I guess you are also frustrated with the priorities of your boss…like condoms. He’s going to drag you down.Binay is probably smiling ear to ear. He-he-he.

  • superpilipinas

    Knowing that high ranking police officers were involved, PNP should be immediately disqualified to investigate. Not even DILG should have a role in the investigation. Baka downplaying and whitewashing lang ang maging resulta niyan.

    DOJ and NBI should take over.

    Murphy’s law: “If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong.”

  • batangpaslit

    talo ang MIMAROPA Command ng CALABARZON Forces
    hehehe…
    kahit sa resources talo ang MIMAROPA. for one, poor provinces ang hawak nila.
    pero ang sa CALABARZON, mga industrial zones namulaklak
    mag duelo na lang ang bawa’ Regional Director kung sino ang mas magaling para magka alaman na.
    kasi kung tutuo ang balita na parehong involved ang namatay na police official at ang nag led ng check point, di, mag desisyon na sila kung sino ang hahawak ng MIMAROPA at CALABARZON sa palaro ng Jueteng

  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    Jueteng is evil.

  • oliba

    1lt jean beam d justiniani

    google it. piloto yan, hindi gun for hire. check niyo family background and educational background. tanga lang ang magiisip na kailangan niya mag gun for hire para kumita ng pera. Pano na ngayon ang pamilya niya? mistaken identity? personal vendetta? rubout? collateral damage?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GTVNMZR22PGMS55WQPIJTYB4IY Jaime

    order them to find the third SUV, it might help in your so called ‘probe’.



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