Rub-out or shootout, Tañada wants to know

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Deputy House Speaker Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada III. PHOTO BY RYAN LEAGOGO

MANILA, Philippines—Was the recent shooting incident in Atimonan, Quezon, a rub-out or a shootout?

This is what Deputy Speaker Lorenzo Tañada III wants to know, urging the authorities to ensure that the investigation on the case is “immediate and thorough.”

“We have to establish whether or not it is a rub-out or a shoot-out. At the moment, the only fact that is incontrovertible is that there are 13 people dead and one wounded. Loss of lives should not happen anywhere, especially in my district, where people choose to live in peace,” said Tañada, who represents the fourth district of Quezon province.

A Philippine Daily Inquirer report on Tuesday said that the clash between the authorities and criminals may have been caused by the rivalry between syndicates operating the illegal numbers game “jueteng” in the area. It quoted relatives of the alleged criminals as saying that those slain were victims of a rubout.

“There are claims and counter-claims. I am not pre-judging the incident nor taking sides but clearly, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered, the sequence and actual events that transpired,” he added.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VY25ZOHU3FJFFX6CYSH5W4AX3I sugbu

    I insist knowing,too…….how about you guys ?

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

    EPAL! HAYAAN NIYO NA ANG NBI ANG MAG IMBESTIGA EEPAL NA NAMAN KAYO

  • cantonese

    Bakit wala kang alam sa nangyayari sa distrito mong jueteng? Are you doing your job? If not, let other more qualified, concientious and hard working candidate in your area do the job properly. Parang nasa Chicago gangland fight to control your area sir and still you are not aware of it? Para pong imposible at lahat ng tao diyan ay alam ang jueteng . Subukan mo sir lumabas at malaman mo ang tunay na kinakailangan ng mamamayang Quezon. SUS Ka Indo naman . Hoy Gising!

  • roelca20

    Ke rub-out o shootout mainam na rin yan at nababawasan ang mga kriminal.
    Kung hindi mga kriminal yan ano ginagawa nila pari-pariho sa convoy
    hindi naman sila mag-kakamag anak, mag-babarkada @ hindi rin
    mag-kakasama-sa trabaho. Galing sa mag-kakaibang lugar sila? Anu ang
    dahilan at mag-kakasama sila sa convoy ng bagong SUV na walang plate
    number? Saan sila papunta at ano ang pakay bakit maraming baril silang
    dala? Yan ang dapat na tanong. Hindi yong rub-out angle agad. 

  • pinoypower

    May masabi lang na official statement si Erin. Syempre may mga contact siya sa mga LGUs at PNP officials at media. Unofficially, alam na niya ang nangyari, he just want the official and legal version which is just safe, right and proper.
    Sana nga maresolba ang kaso kasi nakakatakot isipin kung ano ang pwedeng gawin ng kapulisan sa mga walang kalaban-laban na tao. Kung yun nga na mga militar at pulis napatay dahil sa simpleng tip lang yun pa kayang mga ordinaryung mamayan.
    Siguro unang dapat imbestigahan ay si Marantan kasi very colorful ang kanyang career but it is littered with controversial accusations. 

  • rayingga

    It is next to impossible kapag walang share sa lagayan itong si deputy speaker, sabi nga Ka Tunying … sus mariano ka indo

  • palakasantayo

    Erin knows… he is just playing dumb to save hides of some people.

  • josefe38

    PANSININ NYO ANG  MGA POLITIKO. SA UMPISA NAPAKATAHIMIK. INALAM MUNA KANINONG MGA BATAAN ANG MGA SANGKOT O NAKA CONNECT BA SA KANILANG NETWORK ANG MGA SANGKOT AT NANG MEDYO LUMINAW NA AT BURADO NA ANG MGA EVIDENCE NA MAG UGNAY SA KANILA, UNTI UNTI ITONG LALABAS SA MEDIA AT KANYA KANYANG PA POGI. SINDIKATO NGA NAMAN.

  • virgoyap

    This should be looked into very seriously to eliminate all doubts and questions.

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

    is someone looking for the third SUV?  PNP have already issued final investigative report but it failed to mention about the third vehicle.  Is the Philippine police so inept?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VBIZ5ZTCHCIQ7PILRDPH5EWWMY Fernando

    Now that this incident happened in your turf, Congressman Erin Tanada, what can you do to eliminate jueting not only in the area you represent but also to the whole Philippines as you are in that position as deputy house speaker?

    Please do not reason out that so many people depend on jueting as collectors and to eliminate it would be a disaster to your political career. Please give honor to your honorable name as a Tanada. Do something that will give Enchong Tanada, your grandfather, honor. Don’t just sit around there in congress.

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