Police officer in Quezon shootout denies ‘jueteng’ operator tag

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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, Philippines–Supt. Hansel Marantan, the controversial intelligence officer of Police Regional Office 4 in the Calabarzon region, denied on Tuesday that his family has been involved in illegal gambling operation.

“I don’t have any siblings that operate ‘jueteng’ or STL (Small Town Lottery) or any forms of gambling,” Marantan told the Inquirer in a short phone interview from his bed in a Manila hospital.

He described the allegation against him and his sibling by his fellow police officers as “very depressing.”

Marantan hit back at his detractors by insinuating that the police officials who were making the accusation could have been the ones involved in illicit activities.

“Baka sila ang involve(d) at hindi ako, hindi ang aking kapatid,” he said.

On Monday, Inquirer sources in the Philippine National Police in Camp Crame and PRO4 headquarters in Canlubang, Laguna, claimed that Marantan launched the operation to eliminate Victorino “Vic Siman” Atienza Jr., a known jueteng operator and “godfather” of STL bookies in Laguna and Batangas provinces.

Atienza was one of the 13 passengers of two Montero sports utility vehicles who were killed by police and Army soldiers in an alleged encounter along the Maharlika Highway in Atimonan, Quezon, on Sunday afternoon.

According to several informants, a sibling of Marantan was allegedly also a jueteng operator and a rival of Atienza in the illegal gambling business in Laguna.

The information gave rise to the suspicion that the Army and police operation, which resulted to the bloody shootout, was allegedly “arranged” by Marantan–by giving the Quezon law enforcers information that a crime gang was passing through the area–to get back at Atienza for encroaching on the gambling turf of Marantan’s brother

Marantan, who was wounded on the left arm and both legs in the alleged gun battle, is now recuperating in a hospital in Manila.

Marantan said the bullets that hit him could have been intended for Chief Insp. Grant Gollod, Atimonan police station chief.

“Gollod was the one who flagged down the first van. I was standing behind him as observer. Then all of a sudden, bullets hailed from the van that unfortunately hit me and spared Gollod,” Marantan said.

He said his doctors had already removed the slug from his wound, one of them pierced through his bone. He said he would immediately submit the slug for examination to determine its gun source.

Marantan admitted that he was in civilian clothes during the operation.

Marantan also refuted the allegation that the supposed intelligence report containing all alleged illegal activities of Atienza’s syndicate (Vic Siman’s Group) that was used as basis for the operation was without the approval of his superiors.

“The intelligence report contains my signature and the signature of Chief Supt. James Melad,” Marantan said.

But Melad, Calabarzon’s police director, in a phone interview Tuesday said he only knew little about the operation.

“Marantan texted me on Sunday morning informing me that they are conducting surveillance on a certain group that carried firearms. My instruction for him was to coordinate with the Quezon police and the station commanders. As to how they coordinated, it’s best you ask the Quezon police director,” Melad said.

Asked if Marantan’s intelligence referred to the same group the authorities encountered in Quezon, he said: “Hindi ko alam ang lalim ng ano n’ya pero matagal na natin tinitingnan ‘yan (I don’t know how solid his information was but we have been looking into this for some time. Loose firearms have been the focus of our attention, especially with an election (coming up).”

A top police official in the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon region) police force who refused to be named for lack of authority to speak on the issue, said the operation that resulted in the death of 13 people “was not coordinated” with the Regional Intelligence Division (RID).

“R2 did not know about it. (It) was left in the dark,” the source said. R2 is a term used in the Philippine National Police to refer to the RID.

The source said the intelligence office, in fact, learned about the shooting incident only “after it already happened.”

The source also revealed that the operation was hatched from an intelligence coming from Marantan and was carried out by a joint team from the Quezon provincial police and the Philippine Army.

Marantan is the deputy chief of the RID in Calabarzon.

“He was the deputy R2 on paper, but he received special instructions from RD (regional director) as the head of a regional team against organized crime groups. Maybe (the Quezon operation) was one of those special instructions,” the source added.

Senior Supt. Manuel Abu, the chief of the RID and Marantan’s direct supervisor, refused to comment, saying he was not authorized to speak on the matter.

Policemen who were formerly under the supervision of Marantan while he was assigned here in Quezon defended their former superior.

“It’s easy for anyone to make an accusation. But since the one accusing are police officials, I presumed that they have access to intelligence files. Why can’t they identify the name of Marantan sibling who is into jueteng so that the allegation have complete basis?” said the policeman who requested anonymity so as not to earned the ire of his superiors.

A fact-finding team from Camp Crame headed by Chief Supt. Federico Castro Jr. has started to investigate the incident to determine the links of the slain policemen and soldiers to the alleged criminals who were killed in the supposed encounter.

On Tuesday morning, Castro was conducting investigations in Camp Nakar here with policemen and Army soldiers who participated in the operation.

The group proceeded to the encounter site in Barangay Atimonan at noontime and re-enacted the supposed shootout.

Senior Supt. Valeriano de Leon, Quezon police chief, said he welcomed the investigation being initiated by PNP Chief Director General Allan Purisima.

“It’s an opportunity to all concerned to help shed light on what really happened. Whatever would be the outcome of the investigation if it will satisfy the public, so be it,” De Leon told the Inquirer.

De Leon said the Quezon police provincial office is also conducting its own probe.

He refuted the news report that insinuated that around P100 million from the two vans got lost after the shooting.

“That’s a lot of money that could not be just sneaked in and brought elsewhere. It’s baseless news report,” De Leon said.

Citing the information provided by the investigators on the incident report that was also distributed to the media, De Leon said the total amount of money found in the possession of the victims were only around P200,000.

“The money and the personal belongings of all the victims were all properly accounted, no more, no less,” De Leon said.

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  • boypalaban

    JUETENG

    kanya kanyang teritoryo…

  • yonoh

    hahahahahaha..lumalabas na ang totoo……..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ME73SJ2KNVTMNU4JMRMRLRYPVQ zom

    sino ba naman ang umamin?

  • yonoh

    dati kutong cop………ngayon naman jueteng cop officer pa ………tignan natin ang bagsik ni pnp chief at saka si sec.roxas kung pupulutin sa kangkongan itong mga pulis na ito………………

  • milespacker

    Mukhang mali at distorted ang lumalabas sa media, mey mai-report lang.

  • haybuhay69

    cya rin yung sa ortigas “carnapper” shootout dba.
    ang alala ko may opisyal din na may tama sa hita nun. cya rin ba yun?
    ngayon sa hita uli tama.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CYUXU35XHVC6K7HGRCZNI7JOFA PAZ

    Yung mga adress ng napatay kung mapupuna ay ibat ibang lugar may taga Pampanga May taga Bulacan.Mga hired killer at riding in tandem ang mga yan. Noong makita ko kung tagasaan yung 3 sa namatay,naniniwala ako na mga sindikato yan. Ang laging napapatay ng mga yan ay mga pulis. Yung mga pulis siguro na ayaw sumama at makipagsabwatan sa kanila. Seguro di ipinaalam sa ibang pulis angmoperasyon dahil minsan may kasabwat na pulis ang mga kriminal. Sa baril nabubuhay ang mga taong yan. hired killer basta kung anong ilegal meron yang mga yan. ME mga nagti tip sa pulis kasi ayaw din nila ng ginagawa ng mga yan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CYUXU35XHVC6K7HGRCZNI7JOFA PAZ

    Sa lugar namin may pinatay na pulis tanghaling tapat tandem , nakamotorsiklo. Tumakas pero that time yung tulay sa lugar namin ay nagiba ng baha so yung gunman bumalik nung makitang walang tulay, doon sya inabot ng mga rumispondeng mga pulis. Noong alamin yung adress ng napatay na tandem yan kapareho ng 3 napatay dyan sa Quezon. Nanghoholdap din sila ng bus.Hired killer yung iba dyan.

  • AllinLawisFair

    Lack of co-ordination, the right hand not knowing what the left hand does, or the fingers of one hand dipping into the cookie jar of another, all this is common in an organisation where the head does not know what its extremities are doing. 

    These are the ingredients for disaster. Rogue elements of enforcement organisations and the military are more likely to come to face to face encounters whenever huge amounts of cash are involved. 

    Charges, countercharges and denials will surely muddle the facts and coverups will hide the them even more and we are left with nothing but half-truths.

    But one thing is sure: There are scallawags  in the law enforcement service who are connected with or serve as protectors of illegal gambling operations and who receive millions of protection money. 

    The government is helpless to curve this crime because the lure of huge amounts of cash is too strong for many in the service to resist. 

    • Pitbulldog

      Anong lack of coordination, ubos nga lahat ng kalaban, may lacking ba dyan?  Siguro sa parte ng mga kriminal, tama yon.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CYUXU35XHVC6K7HGRCZNI7JOFA PAZ

    Tingnan nyo after few weeks o months gaganti yang mga kriminal na yan! May mga miembro sila na taga malalayongmprobinsya kaya pag nag carnap nadadala nila sa malayo yung kinarnap nila.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWISP2YXGDQ7K2SIX2GI37B2EI Darwin

    Ang labo!!! Operations carried out the right way will have a presscon with very clear narrative on how they arrived at the operation and how it ended. In this case, andaming walang alam sa mga superiors ni Maratnan. What we are seeing so far is that he was a one-man team and by virtue of higher position dragged with him an Atimonan PNP team and nearby military checkpoint  personnel to flag down the suspected hoodlums.

  • elpobre

    Para kay De Lion este De Leon, weeeeee

  • http://twitter.com/bigg_dawg big dawg

    so obvious na rubout. niratrat nlng, i’m pretty sure given the chance susurrender yung mga yun. 
    if it was SOP, may nabuhay sana for questioning, ang kaso, kasabwat sila. haay…. Pilipinas kong mahal pano na tayo…..

  • generalproblem

    ok lang yan basta kayo kayo lang ang magbarilan wag nyo na idamay sibilyan.

  • doublecross

    nasaaan na yon pera….hati tayo!

  • ozkid

    It’s about time to clean up our police and military. This dirty cops and military ruin the good name of the organization.

    I still believe that majority of the cops and servicemen are honorable.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/O2HJRWGE3PSIUMTAOAVTD5ZOU4 LIVED

    Naku nakakatakot dafat yung mga ganyang klaseng nilalang eh isinasauli na kay kamatayan. Naku Maranan pano pag naging general kana? Parang ipis na lang mo patayin ang mga taong nasasaling ang mga evil activities ng mga pamilya mo?  Too Bad!

  • Pitbulldog

    Wala, talagang matindi na ito.  Dapat talaga, palitan na si P-noy…….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LFGGEPYF2TKWRVQRP3IMNYJIGY Ron

    In an article called ‘With cops like these, who needs robbers’ dated May 08, 2002, S/Supt Hansel Marantan who was then C/Insp, was mentioned as one of those cops that were involved in criminal enterprises. It is no surprise to see him tagged in jueteng.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LFGGEPYF2TKWRVQRP3IMNYJIGY Ron

    Sa pagresolba ng kaso nito natin makikita kung sino si ChiefPNP. Sana naman huwag haluan ng cover-up at kawawa naman si DILG Sec at lalabo ang tsansa sa 2016. At sana rin, manahimik muna ang malakanyang hanggat hindi pa natatapos ang imbestigasyon. Sumatsat na eh kahit wala pang imbestigasyong nagaganap.

  • Your_King

    When the police and the shady people involved in ‘jueteng’ are aware that the President is not focused on them this is the kind of crap that goes down.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    dot connected….getting clearer every moment…….mr. hansel is working for mr. james

    the question is, as what?

  • XY ZEE

    Wala, tutulugan lang ang kasong ito.
    Sabi kasi ng mahal na hari na di niya priority ang pagsupil sa jueteng.

  • Rovingmoron

    But where is the red bag? Until now it is still missing. Can anybody shed light as to the whereabouts of this missing red bag? And how did the white pick up got away and where it is now?

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