13 men in Quezon clash met gold miner


JOSE PANGANIBAN, Camarines Norte—The group of Victor “Vic” Siman visited  a gold miner in this town before all 13 of them were killed in an alleged shootout with government security forces in Atimonan, Quezon province, on Sunday afternoon.

Vic Villamar, driver of gold miner Ronnie Habitan, said Siman’s group was in his boss’ house in Barangay (village) Plaridel here on Jan. 6.

Habitan’s name cropped up after the daughter of one of those killed,  Police Supt. Alfredo Perez Consemino, disclosed that her father’s group, led by  Siman, met Habitan earlier on Sunday.

“They arrived at about 6 a.m. and talked with my boss in the room. They were laughing,” Villamar told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The driver said the group stayed until about 11 a.m. then left after having lunch with Habitan.

A police source, who asked not be named because the information was given to him in confidence, said Habitan told him that Siman and Consemino’s group visited him.

Habitan was not available for comment on Thursday.

The police source said Habitan also told him that Consemino offered to sell the security agency owned by Siman but they did not close the deal.

He said Habitan denied he gave money to Siman’s group.

‘High-grade’ miner

Habitan is known here as a “high-grade” miner, meaning he had hit pay dirt in small-scale mining, according to Chief Insp. Sam  Belmonte, the town’s acting police chief.

High-grade miners are now rich, Belmonte said.

The two-story house of Habitan here has a guard and security camera. A black BMW is in the garage.

A source from the underground gambling business in Calabarzon said Siman invested in gold mining in Camarines Norte  after he started running an illegal numbers game in the province.

“[Siman] started [his illegal gambling operation in Camarines Norte] sometime last year,” the source said.

The informant said Siman replaced the “jueteng” operation in the area, which was formerly run by an associate of Charlie “Atong” Ang, a former associate of former President Joseph Estrada.

Paracale mine

The informant alleged that Siman also owns a gold mining operation in Paracale, Camarines Norte.

“That’s why he brought along Supt. Alfredo Consemino on that fateful trip  because the police official was his security consultant in his mining operation,” the source said.

Siman reportedly owned a security agency in Tagkawayan town, Quezon, but Chief Insp. William Angway, the town’s police chief, said there was no  security agency in his locality.

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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.
    posted 22 hours ago

    .. and that’s what sits at the end of the rainbow kids… 13 leprechauns and gold.

    • beerhunters

      thirteen is an unlucky number, an omen!
      “Thirteen men in a dead man’s chest
      Yo ho ho ho and a bottle of Rum”!

  • Rovingmoron

    There is a popular saying that when you mix a good apple with the rotten apples, it becomes rotten, too, in the end. Consemino may have been a good apple, but the problem is he mingled with sinister individuals, whose personalities are wrapped by dubious interests. Hence, the collateral victims of an alleged shootout.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W6H5DZKUQTUASP4S6CGTK7B3E4 kevin

    A mixture of gold ,jueteng moola plus dubious shady character ,,resulting to shootout…

  • kapayapaan_1900

    Aha! aha! aha!  I was told Jueteng industry is the most profitable entity in this part of the world.  Who wouldn’t be enticed to venture in this business where an almost zero capital is needed with an assured profit more than a thousand fold tax free, untouchable by BIR, and most of all, an added incentive of a military protection because they are intertwined so they say.  Once you’re in, you are assured of a place in society.  You’ll soon be floating with a firewall of respectability and will be the most sought after person because of that damned money and you can go legit from there.  You can be elected barangay councilman, mayor, or even governor.  The only drawback is the same as in a legitimate business:  SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST.  Aha! aha! aha! 

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Magkakakulay lang naman ang mga ito yung mga tinumba at mga tumumba…..agawan sa yaman ni juan! mag-ubusan kayo at dali dalian niyo na!

  • katindig

    After all the complicated stories….one can sum up the whole thing….in Tagalog …”NAGKAONSEHAN LANG” because of drugs or jueteng, only these people know.

  • $20722540

    there are so many stories coming out…there was report saying there were 3 people in the 2nd suv which means there were 10 people riding the other car…di yata kasya yong sampu sa montero…napaka sikip na niyan

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    “A police source, who asked not be named because the information was
    given to him in confidence, said Habitan told him that Siman and
    Consemino’s group visited him. “..in confidence talaga ha

  • kontra_boohaya

    another angle:  Siman ran jueteng formerly run by an Atong Ang’s associate.  Atong Ang operates that gambling interest out of a port in Cagayan.  AND WALLA where is Marantan from?  I thought he is from Cagayan….hhmmmmnnnn.  The dots keep growing.

  • John_Cruz

    Is it possible that gold miner Ronnie Habitan is a double agent working for the rival Jueteng Group? The PNP Intelligence considered him a very reliable source of Intel Info?

  • lostRunes

    What’s the matter with the media people? Ang dapat imbestigahan AGAD ay yung criminal links ng PUMATAY. Yung PINATAY they have paid for “crime links” with their own lives, kung totoo man yung links.

    According to witnesses, may bag daw na ginto. Asan na yun? Yung pangalawang kotse, nasan na? Gamitin dapat ni Aquino yung BIR, AMLA, COA, NBI para imbestigahan yung mga taong may alam at nagplano ng operation.

    Ay hindi nalang pala. Kasama si Ochoa eh best drunk executive secretary ever

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