Aquino orders full probe of Quezon killings



President Benigno Aquino III. AFP FILE PHOTO

President Aquino on Tuesday ordered a “full and exhaustive investigation” of the reported gunfight between security forces and an armed group allegedly involved in illegal gambling in which 13 were killed, among them police and military personnel.

“He (Mr. Aquino) wants to get to the bottom of it,” presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said during a Palace briefing in which he announced that investigations into the incident in Atimonan, Quezon province, on Sunday would be conducted by the Philippine National Police and the National Bureau of Investigation.

“The President has tasked the NBI to be the sole investigative agency on the Quezon incident. The PNP will continue its fact finding with respect to the firearms and vehicles and submit its findings to the NBI,” he said, adding there would be “no whitewash.”

Lacierda declined immediate comment on the military and police officers shot dead along with the alleged criminals in the purported encounter at a highway checkpoint in Atimonan.

“What we are trying to get is the report on the incident in Quezon. So the President is waiting for the full report coming from the PNP, (Justice) Secretary Leila de Lima has also directed the NBI to conduct a parallel investigation,” said Lacierda.

“The President is very interested in this incident, which obviously got national attention,” he said. “The President would like to see what happened, what are the details of the incident.”

Lacierda said Mr. Aquino did not set a deadline for the submission of the results of the investigation. “But that is ASAP,” he said, or as soon as possible. “He wants a full and exhaustive investigation into the incident.”

Lacierda himself wondered why officers of the law would shoot at each other. “Was there  involvement of some police and military (in the criminal group)? From there, we will base whatever judgment we will have.”

Among the 13 people killed by the combined Army and police force at the security checkpoint were Victorino “Vic Siman” Atienza Jr., described as an operator of “jueteng”—an illegal numbers racket—and “godfather” of the state-run Small Town Lottery (STL) operations in Laguna and Batangas provinces, Supt. Alfredo Perez Consemino, the acting police director in the region, and two of his aides.

Alcala relative

Lacierda confirmed that one of the fatalities, Tirso Lontoc Jr., was a relative of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. He said Lontoc worked previously with Alcala in the environmental protection bureau.

Col. Arnulfo Burgos, spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said the military was investigating why Air Force 1st Lt. Jimbean Justiniani and Staff Sgt. Armando Lescano were among those killed.

Burgos said the two were assigned at the Air Education and Training Command in Lipa, Batangas. He denied reports that an AFP intelligence officer was among those killed.

Summary execution

Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., PNP spokesperson, would not confirm if Consemino was an officer on the take.

“The investigation will try to find out why these police personnel were in the company of an alleged gambling operator,” he told Agence France-Presse.

Cerbo said the PNP inquiry would look into claims by relatives of the victims that they were summarily killed and not slain in a gunfight.

“The official police report of our personnel on the ground said it was a shootout between the elements of a private armed group and the police and the military,” Cerbo said.

Firearms with permits


“But with this allegation of a ‘rubout’ (slang for summary execution) we have decided to create a fact-finding team to get to the bottom of this incident.”

Cerbo also said 13 of the 14 firearms recovered from the site of the gunfight were covered with necessary permits.

“Where in the world can you find a criminal gang using licensed firearms in carrying out their illegal activity? That just defies logic,” said a police source involved in the inquiry.

Also on Tuesday, the PNP conducted an hourlong reenactment of the encounter in Atimonan, causing a huge traffic jam on the highway.

The Palace was also curious about the involvement of Supt. Hansel Marantan, an intelligence officer of the Quezon police who was wounded in the gun battle.

Marantan, who was with the security group manning the checkpoint, gained notoriety when he was charged with the killing of three suspected car thieves in Pasig City in November 2005.

An Philippine Daily Inquirer source had said that Atienza’s group was “apparently ambushed” by the police contingent headed by Marantan.

Said Lacierda: “I have no information how that will figure in the investigation. What we’re looking into are the details of the investigation proper. So any concerns, for instance, any identity of personalities, that have been linked to this or that person or to this or that incident previously, we will still wait for the results of the investigation. We cannot preempt or speculate as to involvement, as to what those details are.”

Told that Commission on Human Rights chairperson Loreta Ann Rosales was also keen on pursuing an independent inquiry, Lacierda said:

“Perhaps, it would be better to look at the details first, and certainly she will have the opportunity to look into the incident also.

“You can be assured that there won’t be any whitewash. The President is interested in the details of the case and, whatever the results will be, we will look into it and we will make a judgment call.”

Asked about the necessity of allowing both the PNP and NBI to conduct investigations simultaneously, Lacierda said:

“They will conduct a parallel investigation so the details would be there, I would assume that the facts will be common. But, with respect to the scope of the investigation, that’s where perhaps they may differ—in scope. But, as to the facts, as to what we believe would be the details of the incident, we would like to get it straight from both the PNP and the NBI.”



Lacierda said a news report about supposedly missing P100-million jueteng money the criminal gang was said to be carrying would be investigated as well.

“That’s why the NBI would be there also—to investigate as to the motivation of the incident,” he said.

In a report on the incident, Senior Supt. Valeriano de Leon, Quezon police chief, the police team secured P266,317 in cash from the site of the gun battle.

Lacierda answered in the affirmative when asked if the mounting clamor to implement stricter gun control laws in the country would get a boost amid the recent string of fatal cases related to gun use.

“That has been the thrust of the directive of the President … going after the private armed groups. That has been the directive of the President, especially coming into the election campaign season, and also a stricter monitoring of these unlicensed firearms and the implementation of our laws regarding regulation of guns.” With reports from Nikko Dizon, Marlon Ramos, Christine O. Avendaño; Delfin Mallari Jr., Inquirer Southern Luzon; and AFP

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  • Ibongpipit

    Kapag may malaking barilan, karaniwang nasasangkot ang AFP, PNP, NPA at ilan pang sangay ng pamahalaan buhat sa nasyonal hanggang lokal.  Ang pinaka-ugat ng ng barilang ito ay milyong-milyong pera na ibinubukal ng jueteng.   Mukhang nagkakaroon ng di pagkaka-unawaan ang mga bosing ng taga-pagpatupad at dapat tumupad ng batas.  Iniiwasan nilang walang lamangan sa maaaring kitain sa pag-unlad ng kanilang operasyon.

    May isang pangkat sa pangyayaring ito ang hindi nababanggit sa balita, ang libo-libong mananaya na sumusuporta sa takbo ng negosyong ito.  Sa kanila nangagaling ang milyong-milyong salapi na bumubuhay at nagpapaunlad ng sistemang ito.  Sila ang pinakamalaking pangkat at lakas na may kapangyarihang sugpuin ang sugal na jueteng.  Sila ang mga karaniwang mamamayan na umaasang manalo at mabawasan kung hindi man maputol ang kanilang paghihirap sa madaling paraan.

    Kaya, kung nanaisin ng taong bayan, masusugpo ang jueteng kung ang bawat mananaya ay babawasan ang kanilang taya ng kalahati.  Gayon din bawasan din nila ang beses ng kanilang pagtaya sa gradwal na paraang hindi kagyat na mapuputol at  hindi mabigla ang sarili sa kanilang besyo.   Sa paraang ito,  dahan-dahan nilang mapapalakas at matutuklasan ang pagkakaroon ng disiplina sa sarili at madaragdagan ang gastosing pang-kabuhayan.  Uunlad din ang pag-galang sa kanilang budhi sapagkat binibigyan ng pansin ang kanilang integredad.  Malaki ang halaga nito na hindi matutumbasan ng salapi.  Lalakas at uunlad ang moralidad ng mamamayan na siyang katapat ng nabubulok na kaisipan ng mga may kapangyarihan.

    Mahirap at hindi madaling gawin ito ngunit may matibay na kabayarang tatamohin na hindi mabibili ng kayamanang nawawala.  Pamana sa lahing Pilipino – wagas at malinis na moralidad. 

  • batangpaslit

    tama lang na NBI ang lead agency na mag imbestia, hindi Armed Forces o ang PNP kasi may mga tauhan silang nadale

    am not sorry for the soldiers and the policemen who were killed, regardless of the manner of their death, be it shootout or rubout

    if someone accepts the job of a bodyguard, dying or be killed is a territory of being a bodyguard.

  • Belekoy

    With so much corruption going on in the Philippines and so much dirty money in circulation, Aquino should demonetize the Philippine currency and make a new one. He should also declare himself a leader in the tradition of a benevolent dictator out to reform the Filipino mind and soul

    • Nagagalitna

      Bro sa Pinoy hindi naka suot ng brief sa labas ng pantalon…hehehe. Ang sakit ng Pinas ay cancer at hindi kayang baguhing ng kahit sinong magling na Pinuno ng bansa sa isang kisap mata, it will take time at nawa papunta na tayo doon.

  • $37644997

    There must be some illegal drugs involved,beleive it or not(money is money)

  • Rovingmoron

    P100 million minus P266,317 equals how much? Who took the rest of the money? I surmise this was the reason why a check point was set up. I was wondering why members of the Special Forces were there, too. Did the commander of the SF and that of Marantan talk about uniting an operation to secure the money?

  • PBA

    involve pala ang kamag-anak ni Dept. of Agriculture Sec. Alcala sa jueteng…………..tuwid na daan? 

    • Nagagalitna

      hindi ibig sabihin na meron bulok na kamatis sa pamilya ay bulok na lahat…check mo sa inyo baka may kamag-anak ka din na walang hiya so papayag ka din ba sa sabihan na walang hiya pati ang buong angkan mo?
      oras na para baguhin natin ang ugaling talangka Bro, hindi ako kampi sa kay Pinoy pero di rin ako sang ayon sa pag mali ang kamag anak ng isang tao pati sya mali na din.

  • regie

    yan ang the best….NBI ang maginvestigte no sacred cow….kaya kung talagang legit operation ay okey lang pero pag sinabi ng NBI na otherwise, nakupo premeditated, superior strength, nighttime, uninhabited place, disregard of rank, treachery….. sa madaling sabi qualified murder……

  • phantomofhope

    pagkatapos sabihin ng palasyo na legitimate ang operation, mag-oorder ng imbestigasyon?? sus!

    • josefe38



  • joel genese

    Malamang si Atienza lang ang dapat itumba ni Marantan. Nadamay na lang yung iba.

  • $20733759

    Speculations all! Just wait for the official report so as not to muddle the already confusing versions .

  • etomacq

    Sana lang walang cover up sa NBI since alam naman natin kung sino namumuno dyan.. Puro appointed ni Noy ang namumuno sa PNP at NBI at puro kaalyado niya lahat yan, sana lang walang cover up na mangyari.. kawawa ang mga biktima.

  • XY ZEE

    May KKK na involved kaya asahan ninyo na kahit wala pang imbestigasyon, may abswelto na.

  • Paulstronghold

    My perception is simply and more money that is the cause of the encounter. Which side to believe is another story. Both sides,  the police and the victims kin have their own version of the incident. Sadly, this is just rehash of past incidents of alleged “wrong”  encounter between two evil forces fighting for a certain amount of money. Aba, kung totoo yung 100M, ang laki nga namang pera yan!

  • june

    why the eerie silence on the part of dilg sec. mar roxas

    • Edward Castro

      dika ba nakinig sa dzmm kaninang umaga?

  • John_Cruz

    Two big mysteries remain in this unfortunate killings. A red suite reportedly containing P30M was seen by ABS-CBN newsmen on the ground behind a SUV is now missing. In a report on the incident, Senior Supt. Valeriano de Leon, Quezon police chief, the police team secured P266,317 
    in cash from the site of the gun battle. Are the PNP in Quezon telling the truth, P266,317 vs P30M?  Second mystery, the third SUV that got away has no followup news. Is it possible the third SUV occupants betrayed the victims or just lucky to get away.

  • Jose Rizal

    Di nga niya na-resolba ang kuratong baleleng rubout at ang Dacer-Corbito case, “wanted-to-get-to-the-bottom-of-it” pa (another motherhood statement na naman) nitong bago.  Di ba may anti-EPAL na, eh i-EPAL-EPAL pa siya, wala naman siyang bulls na galawin si Lacson (kasi may political agreement nga sila).  Yong mga tao na naglakad papuntang Ateneo biningihan nga niya, ano pa ba maaasahan mo sa taong umaasa lang sa KKK at AKBAYAD.  Wala ngang SPINE eh, kaya, “motherhood statement” na lang talaga masasabi.
    Hahahahahahahaha!  Ang mga matatalinong Pinoy, naloko lang ng isang abnoy!

  • joerizal

    Mas epektib pa kung um-order na lang si PNoy ng mami at siopao sa Ongpin. Wala namang mangyayari sa imbestigasyon na yan kundi turuan, bintangan, pagsisinungaling at sisihan.

  • Garo Ungaro

    With all this negative things going on…? Destroying the hardwork that is being instituted by the President…I believed its high time for the President to revamp and clean up this branches of the Police/Military. It will be a hard call because too many will be affect…but If the President believed this what is need to make his legacy as the clean President. he has no choice but to do it…for the Filipino people…always a victim…never a winner on all this nonsense by the professional criminals in uniform and in government. Its high time for him to make a choice the people or the status quo????????

    • Jose Rizal

      Where’s the hardwork?

  • Lou333

    DILG Secretary Mar Roxas where are you sir? and What are your findings if any???

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    the other day, nanindigan ang palasyo na shoot out…tapos ngaun masusing imbestigasyon…

    paano maging makatotohanan ito na mismo ang nag papaimbistiga na si penoy nagsalita ng shoot out ito….

    lutong macao na naman ito kagaya ng luneta hostage…basta KKKKKKK, the president will protect much…

    and then, nasaan na si MAR ROXAS???bakit tahimik niya…JUETENG ISSUE is an interior issue, not just a police matter….

    and, unfortunately, JUETENG is not the PRIORITY of this PRESIDENT…

  • delpillar

    What had happened in Atimonan is the beginning of the great battle between SATAN and LUCIFER.

  • Jose Rizal

    Puro na lang “motherhood statement” ang naririnig natin kay Noynoy.
    Ang milestone achievement niya daw ay ang pag-sign ng 1) Sin Tax Bill; 2) Contraceptives Bill at parating pagsasambit ng “Tuwad Na Daan”.
    Nasaan na ang mababang kuryente?
    Nasaan na ang sapat na job opportunities?
    Nasaan na ang mga sapat na classrooms?
    Nasaan na ang affordable na bilihin?
    Hahahahahaha! Mga matatalinong Pinoy, naloko lang ng isang abnoy!

  • kilabot

    and then what? picture taking afterwards? 

    do something against perversion. help rehabilitate a pervert.

  • Edward Castro

    di na pwedeng coverup yan kasi garapal pagkagawa at marami ng facts na lumabas. ika nga the cat is out of the bag na…

  • VeryDisgusted2

    Investigators should look into highway robbery angle. The suspended robbers should not be loosed otherwise they will enjoy their loot. Somebody finish off the wounded robber in the hospital called Maratnan. This guy has a long list of sin. He is a very bad egg that tarnished the image of our armed forces.

  • Albert Einstien

    GANG WARS ang USO sa pnoy chinoy admin ngayon…masakit nito puro LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES pa ng estado…AFP at PNP intel units ang mga sangkot DELIKADO yan…NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERN na yan..bakit tahimik ang NSA…kung local gambling stl at jueteng napasok nila ang INTEL natin…papano pa kaya ang BIGTIME at INTL gambling at drug lords ..lalo na ang MAYAMAN at tusong china…tsk tsk …dapat mag convene na ang ledac, national defense at nsa before its too late…yun sa KURATONG RUB-OUT sino sino ba mga UNITS at heads ang INVOLVED don me balita na-promote pa ata ? kasama ba yun mga tumira ngayon ?

    NSA,DILG & congress should review kuratong rub-out case… millions din ata dati ang involved ngayon me balitang 100 million din nawala na dala ng mga biktima na pera… ano ba yan pnoy..kaya pala ang TAAS ng KRIMINALIDAD sa TIME mo puro sindikato na at wala ng nag-babantay at nagTRATRABAHO sa PEACE & ORDER…..tuwid na tuwid ang HUWAD na DAAN ng walang wang-wang na kurapsyon a…very sad : > )

  • barada69

     “Where in the world can you find a criminal gang using licensed firearms in carrying out their illegal activity? That just defies logic,” said a police source involved in the inquiry..

    Answer: …..ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES, where police and military are involved in all aspects of criminal activities as well as protecting the criminals and corrupt politicians !

    I’m not sure if that police source is naive or complete mor0n !

  • 1GeorgeTolentino2

    Nagpatulong si Atienza kay jun Lontok na kausapin ang mga kanyang trabahador sa isang small-scale mining operation sa Jose Panganiban sa kung saan ay kasosyo nya si Ronie Habitan. Napasukan ng mga organisador ng kaliwa ang rangko ng mga trabahador  kayat natakot si Atienza na magka welga at siya’y malugi. Si Jun ay dating aktibista at naging aktibo sa mga pagkilos at daialogo sa mga maka kaliwa. Inasahan ni Atienza na alam ni Jun Lontok ang ugali at pananalita ng mga organosador ng kaliwa at makatulong sa pag-areglo.

  • Socorro

    What is this, Pinoy is now singing a new song, is this to recover his shame? There are too many questions right from the start and Pinoy’s statement did not help because the reasons not to believe are too compelling. Where is your credibility now? yung pinalitan mo sabi mo corrupt now ikaw a big liar, sinungaling, eh baka kaya even what Pinoy made told us before are all lies? especially about his enemies and GMA.   

  • Charles Lynel F. Joven

    and sen. ping lacson has the nerve to defend one of the checkpoint teams leaders…….well, mr. lacson knows too well how do a rubout…

  • disqusted0fu

    I’ll give this a couple of weeks before the administration forgets about this issue without having a resolution. Same with what happens in almost all of the concerns that our country faces under this administration.

  • Your_King

    Leave it to Aquino to do the obvious after the fact. How about focusing on the major problem of ‘jueteng’ in the Philippines with so many government officials apparently involved.

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