Atimonan 13 kin troop to NBI to file complaints


Atimonan Shoot-out- Brother of alleged gambling lord Victorino Siman among with the families of the 13 individuals killed at Atimonan, Quezon cries as they plead thier case to the NBI, claiming thier relatives were civilians and not members of a gun for hire syndicate, at the NBI office in Manila, Wednesday.INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

Relatives of eight of the 13 people killed in Quezon province on Sunday, on Wednesday trooped to the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila to file complaints against those involved in what police said was a shootout with suspected criminals.

“We are pleading to President Aquino and Justice Secretary (Leila) de Lima and the NBI to help us seek justice,” they said in a statement read by Cristine Consemino, daughter of Supt. Alfredo Consemino who was among the fatalities.

The President on Tuesday directed the NBI to conduct an impartial investigation.

‘Planned ambush’

“We ask the NBI to undertake another autopsy of the victims’ bodies to ensure that there will be no whitewash in the investigation,” the relatives said.

They insisted that those killed were simple men and victims of summary execution. “The ambush is clear. The victims were marked targets of premeditated killings,” they said.

Aside from Cristine, those who appeared at the NBI office were Vic Siman’s brother Christopher; Victorino Atienza’s wife Lirio; Conrado Decillo’s sister Damiana; Leonardo Marasigan’s wife Margin; Gerry Siman’s sister Marilou; and Paul Acedillo Quiohilag’s sister Rodita.

The relatives also denied that the victims were criminals and members of a gun-for-hire syndicate. “The victims were tagged by the police and the media as criminals and these allegations are just figments of the imagination to divert the attention of the people from what really happened.”

They pointed out that those killed had no criminal records.

“The guns of the victims are licensed and registered. If they are members of a gun-for-hire syndicate, why are their firearms registered and licensed? Why would they use registered vehicles? Why is it that not one of them has a criminal record?” the statement said.

Cristine said her father was due for retirement from police service next year and had no derogatory record. “He was a respected policeman,” she said.

She appealed to media to give a balanced account of the incident “in order to give justice to the summary execution of Vic Siman and his companions, especially my daddy.”

The relatives urged witnesses to come out and give their statements.

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  • us_sixtycents

    So, 13 men in 2 vehicles.

    I have this feeling that they didnt go together to watch and enjoy sunset or talk about what really sits at the end of the rainbow and share stuff in their diaries.

    They must have done something really wrong.

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      “I have this feeling that they didnt go together to watch and
      enjoy sunset or talk about what really sits at the end of the rainbow
      and share stuff in their diaries.”

      Previous news article indicates they brought money to start up a Small Town Lottery at their intended destination. So that’s one possible explanation.

      Just as an armored vans full of armed guards transporting money from location to location would not necessarily be …’sunset talks, rainbows or diaries,’ nor should it be cause for insinuation of crime in progress, but rather just plain ordinary jobs to fulfill.

      Some people do still employ cops and soldiers moonlighting as security personnel especially on payroll run, even here in manila.  Remember that that part of Atimonan is NPA (tulisan) infested and very few private armored carriers would go there without a hefty price considering the hazards.

    • tohellwithhypocrites

      they could be moonlighting as “security personnel”…

  • doublecross

    sardines ang nangyari, ambushed set-up ang nangyari!


  • Rovingmoron

    It’s sad to hear these types of stories. But then, the place where the incident took place was so dark that no one would dare to tread. If there were witnesses to the crime, it would be the patches of houses that are maybe far apart, province-style. Sana meron dyan sa tabi tabi na nakasilip sa bintana habang niraratrat or nag raratratan sila. The assailants may have set up the check point in a strange, dark place.

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

       news report says it happened 3pm.

  • huseng_batute

    There were indeed lapses committed on the side of those in the “checkpoint”.

    However, I’m more concerned about the business of those killed.  13 men with diverse origins,
    in a convoy of 2 vehicles, with high-power firearms…

  • uugodugod

    kung sila man ay nagkasama dahil sa illegal gambling ang issue dito ay kung paano sila napatay/ o ang question  sa military rules in engagement 

  • Francisco

    Ano kaya kung nakagitgitan mo etong grupo sa atimonan quezon baka ikaw naman ni ratrat nitong grupo nito, armado etong 3 suv at walang plaka im sure siga sa h-way ang mga ganyan style pero yong massacare ibang usapang naman yan kaya nakakatakot na talaga mga taong governo ngayon maging pulis o militar man kasama sa mga illegal na gawain

    • scorpio15

      Ito na nga ang masamang pangita-in. Ang mga illegal na mga gawa-in hindi naman tatagumpay o mamayagpag pag matitino ang Utak ng mga Kapulisan, Military at Politiko.
      Human Instinct-Ganid sa Pera, Easy Money.

      • Rooney


    • bagombong

       Nakakatakot tuloy magbiyahe sa gabi, baka mapagtripan ka ng mga pulis sa checkpoint lalo na kung ang sasakyan mo bago…sa pag-ratrat nila sa 2 SUV, dito mo makikita na wala silang plano na bumuhay sa mga sakay…sa dami ng bala talagang wala silang plano na magtira ng buhay.

  • Lapu-lapu 187

    Definitely the area is not a check-point area, it’s an ambush sight, di na lang sila naka takas sa area kasi sa tagal ng putukan may dumating na media at ibang pulis kaya napilitan silang magpakilala. Dapat pati mga media na dumating imbestigahan magkano binigay para sa false scoop.

  • koo mug

    mas kapanipaniwala ang scenario na grupo ng gambling lords na may dalang maraming pera escorted by off duty policemen ambushed by local policemen. Its possible na dirty money din ang dala nila but that is another story. Kung legit na checkpoint ito, maybe some will die in the 2 SUVs but not all. Tipong siniguro nila na walang mabubuhay sa mga sakay ng 2 SUVs. Tulad ng intention ng mga Ampatuan ng harangin nila ang convoy sa Maguindanao massacre.
    Wag naman sana palagpasin ang kasong ito and make sure that the truth and justice will come out.

    • Colokoy

      ang galing mo di pa nga tapos ang investigation ng NBI., ano yong more than 10 baril na dala ng mga nasa suv di nila napaputok?

  • Hey_Dudes

    We Filipinos are truly a strange lot.  When a deranged  gunman let loose volley of gunfire ending the lives of 7 and wounding more than a dozen in Kawit Cavite, relatives of those killed and injured decried Police slow response.

    Now that the police and military’s response to this recent situation in Quezon was swift and lethal, relatives decried too fast too furious and even claiming it was not a shootout but more likely a rubout.  People who were not even there are the very first to throw accusations left and right.

    I am sure you are familiar with the saying ‘guilty’ by association? Now, if indeed few of the individuals killed were known gambling lords, what were the police and soldiers doing accompanying these people?  Is it now legal for any off duty police or military soldiers to sideline as security for known gambling lords?  Since when?

    • Colokoy

      you’re right!

    • Rooney

      hey dudes, itong sideline ng mga police or military ay matagal ng nangyayare, hindi naman security ito, PAKNERS ITO. IYON LANG PO.

  • Colokoy

    ay mga emotional kayo, maganda itong nangyari para maubos na ang mga gambling lords, criminal at iba pang mga outlaw, pag hinuli lalapit lng ito sa kanilang kumpareng politicians

  • Rio Legaspi

    How could they say they are innocent and respected! They will not tell their family where they got the money?Police needs a lot of cleaning to do and it looks like they are in a kumunoy which is very hard to get out in a wrong system, wrong training, wrong motivation with no good example to follow. It is indeed frustrating considering the facts and reality that they are the protector of the people, how comes they are going in the other direction is question that no one dares to address, but for me it is easy to pin point and that is our wrong system of governance.

  • Rio Legaspi

    How you will change all of this?:

    1. crime: police will not assist you wholeheartedly? the palakasan ang suhol system is the name of the game! illegal gambling, prostitution, drugs and other illegal activities are rampant. peoples security are always at risk!

    2. education: teachers who does not have the urge and devotion to fulfill their obligation and instead diverting their attention how to earn additional income, that is both private and public. teaching wrong and old thinking especially in philosophy and morality. they are not setting good example.

    3. church: religious group that has scandals with no positive moral foundations? what matters is money.

    4. politicians: that are corrupted serving their own interest not the people. resulting to economic stagnation and unemployment? politicking until they finished their term and run again without any major accomplishment!

    5. businessman and women: all profit oriented with no government control how much profit is too much. selling all lies to the public about their products!

    6. last but not the least: is the indifference of the pilipino people. taking all situation for granted, easy to forget, selling their rights and freedom in times of voting. minding entertainment rather than politics, they say it is dirty a reason why they keep on doing the wrong way. we are to blame why all of this is happening because most are not concerned, the question is when you will find that it is logical to mind politics? think properly….

  • AJ Giorgio

    Why were they carrying guns in the first place? What was going on before the shooting?

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