Kin of shootout victims: ‘They were marked targets’



Passengers glance at 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. 6, 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

MANILA, Philippines–The victims of the Atimonan, Quezon shootout were “marked targets” of a premeditated killings, their relatives said Wednesday but could not point to the motive.

“Criminal syndicate daw, bakit walang criminal record ang mga biktima? Inosente sila… ang pagbabansag ay isa lamang kathang isip,” Christinne Consemino, eldest daughter of Superintendent  Alfredo Consemino, the highest ranking official killed in the shootout told reporters.

(They claim they were members of a criminal syndicate, but they have no criminal records. They were innocent…such allegation was just made up.)

Consemino and 12 others were killed in a shootout in Quezon last Sunday. The police earlier said they received a tip that a heavily armed group will pass by the area. Consemino’s convoy allegedly refused to stop at the police checkpoint.

She said, all the firearms recovered were licensed and the vehicles were duly registered at the Land Transportation Office.

Christinne also said that the windows of the 2 SUVs were not rolled down meaning the passengers did not fire their guns as the police claimed.

Christinne along with relatives of the other victims went to the National Bureau of Investigation and executed their affidavit before its Death Investigation Unit.

They said the convoy visited one Ronnie Habitan from Bicol to discuss a business venture regarding opening a security agency.

“Legitimate po na lakad yun… para pag-usapan yung security agency lang (It was a legitimate task…to discuss a business proposition),” Christinne said.

Boyet Siman, meanwhile, whose brother Victor was among the fatalities, denied his brother was involved in jueteng or any illegal activity.

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  • killerelite

    Yung sinasabi nyang binisita sa Bicol ng mga biktima na Ronnie Habitan was arrested for 8 counts of illegal possession of firearms and ammunitions last July at Jose Panganiban Camarines Norte.
    Mr Habitan from panganiban found a fortune in small scale mining. Just wondrin’ san nila binisita yung tao…sa kulungan o nakalaya na – in less than 5 months? Ikaw na!!
    I think kailangan ding isama sa imbistigahan yung tao na yan…maaari syang makapagbigay linaw sa ugat ng krimen na ito.At malaki ang pusibilidad na sangkot sya bwahahaha.

    • PAZ

      Hired killer, carnapper sa konting halaga lang pwede ng upahan sa pagpatay. Armed to the teeth! Riding in tandem din daw ! totoo kaya to?Sa mga napatay ay mat taga Bulacan Pampanga, Manila at Laguna. Ang lalayong probinsya nyan. Anong ginagawa nila sa Bicol?Nakakapagtaka!

  • opinyonlangpo

    Lacson has an explanation for the incident. The killers are not in uniform, the victims are in uniform, the killing is done in an unmarked checkpoint, and most of the victims are police and military without criminal records. Please explain that again  Sen. Ping Lacson.

    • botets

      Nakuryente si pinky ping hehe

  • Your_King

    With or without GMA the Philippines is still corrupt.

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