NBI studying Atimonan crime scene

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Investigators from the National Bureau of Investigation  on Thursday studied the scene of the supposed shootout on a stretch of Maharlika Highway in Barangay (village) Lumutan, Atimonan.

“Based on the bullet paths and rolled-up windows of the victims’ vehicles, there’s no way they were able to fire at all,” said Jasmine Abarrientos, a ballistician on the NBI team.

“The vehicles’ front portions were peppered with bullets, which entered the cars. [This] showed they were fired from the outside,” Abarrientos said.

She said that going by the positions of the bullet cases found on the scene, the shooters were standing on the road when they fired on the vehicles.

Virgilio Mendez, NBI deputy director for regional services, said the police and the military had turned over evidence to the NBI.

“The [military] had declared their cooperation, and their men who participated in the operation are ready to give their statements,” Mendez said.

According to a policeman who had knowledge of the investigation, three checkpoints were put up along Maharlika Highway on Sunday.

The policeman said the first checkpoint was at least 300 meters away in Plaridel town, manned by four uniformed officers from the Atimonan police.

“The two-vehicle convoy were not stopped at the first checkpoint, but were waved off and allowed to proceed to enter Atimonan.” the policeman said.

“A second checkpoint located at the boundary of Atimonan and Plaridel were personally manned by the ranking officials of the operation, including [Superintendent] Marantan, the leader,” he said.

“It is there, at the second checkpoint, that the shooting incident occurred,” he said.

He said the checkpoint near the Iglesia Ni Cristo church along the highway was not meant for the convoy, “but to  stop vehicles from proceeding to the area.”

“[P]edestrians were told to pass through the seashore, to avoid being caught in a possible fire fight,” the policeman said.

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  • $37644997

    In other words Marantan has self inflicted wounds and no one else got shot on Marantan side.

  • Jesuit13

    Starting to look like a  massacre all the way .. I could not fathon why it so easy for Marantan to kill …  and the PNP and military allow him to keep doing so .. These are decent people they have  massacred .. Their lives taken them away from their families forever .. What is so disgusting is the investigation will eventuiality be  whitewashed  and Dumlao and Marantan will continue their  killing ways. God forbid.

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

      Not to mention Marantan is trying to muddy their names (deceased).

  • Rovingmoron

    The news report said three checkpoints were set up by the security forces led by Marantan. The first check point allowed the convoy to proceed. It was the second check point where the alleged shootout took place. For me, the reason why there’s a first check point is to  probably serve as a blocking force should the rest of the convoy escape the wrath of the firefight. But how come the third vehicle of the convoy, a white pick up, was able to escape if there was a first check point? Because turning back to escape the alleged shootout would led the white pick up back to the first check point that consisted of four uniformed policemen. Perhaps, the four cops manning the first check point may have spotted the plate number of the white pick up while it was on its way out to escape the scene of the crime?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QA264KB7TICWJ5LQG5ZXN6CM2Y ruel

      ito yong malaking tanong na nasa isip ko rin…hmmm..di kayang gawa gawa lng ni MARANTAN na kunyari may tatlong SUV..ngunit sa totoo ay wla?sana nga lumabas ang katotohanan sa nangyari…haaaaaays..

  • aeon888

    The first checkpoint was there to alert the arrival of the intended targets to the ambush site that is why it was only manned by four police officers. The four police officers also served as intel since they can relay to their cohorts the number of men inside the vehicles and how they are armed. They would also pretend to inspect but check to see if the two black monteros are bullet-proof or not and radio their cohorts about it. It was a deadly trap. Then when the convoy passed through the first checkpoint, the four police officers then blocked the highway and prevented the other vehicles to pass through. They try to delay the other vehicles in the disguise of routine police vehicular inspections so as to prevent collateral damage and potential witnesses of the ambush.

    The soldiers in the checkpoint were then told a lie by Marantan that they are going to shoot gun-for-hire or kidnap for ransom syndicate gang. They would believe Marantan because he is  a high ranking intelligence officer of the PNP. That is why the soldiers did not even care when they shot dead their fellow soldiers and high ranking police officers because they thought they were bad guys as Marantan made them to believe. But now it’s too late.

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

      The bad thing about all of these is that the whole world can see this. They will think all our police are a bunched of un-educated (^(^(^#@#&_)*%.

    • $20722540

      i worked and used to travel the area – we call it eastern quezon.  There
      are no. of checkpoints along the highway from lucena to calauag.  in my
      more than 15 years of traveling the area excluding my travels to bicol,
      i have never been stop in any of those checkpoints.  i thought everyday there are a lot of people traveling with firearms along the route.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QA264KB7TICWJ5LQG5ZXN6CM2Y ruel

      Ang tanong ko lng dito..sabi there was a first checkpoint..pinalampas dahil for confirmation ng target lng.Pero bakit dawalang SUV lng ang niratrat sa 2nd Checkpoint..di ba may balitang tatlong SUV daw at ung isa biglang umikot at bumalik? Saan ito dumaan muli na di nalalman ng 1st Checkpoint..kasi dapat doon sila dapat bumalik eh.hmmm..nagtatanong lng.

    • regie

      very logical conclusion regarding the first checkpoint blocking the other motorist from entering the killing zone….para walang maging witness…standard procedure….isolate the zone…

  • catalansbarce

    Hintay na lang tayo anong resulta sa investigation ng NBI., bago tayo
    mag comments. Medyo malalim to na sindikato.

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

    between the two checkpoint is the army truck that hinder the 2 SUV or must drive past then the Maratrat chokepoint.

  • VeryDisgusted2

    Looks NBI is doing a good job so far.

    The eyes of the people as well as the prospective investors all over the world are on this shameful crime. Noynoy and Mar should handle this well for their political future is at stake on this, too.

  • kontra_boohaya

    3 checkpoints set up.  Classic linear ambush straight from the manuals.  Teka, I thought I read an article that Marantan graduated from Army Special Forces course.  The two checkpoints on both ends serve to seal the kill zone where the overwhelming force of cops and soldiers were positioned.  Reading from the newspaper accounts, all the elements of “special ops” ambush are present:  intel (including building up a case) tagging the victims as  criminal element (villifying the subjects), legitimacy of the operations (coplan, , oplan submitted for approval of higher ups), set up (3 checkpoints, the first one to verify target, kill zone in sparsely inhabitted area, pader and trees served as cover and concealment for the main body), overwhelming force (army special forces  troops with high-powered weapons), trigger to spring up (fire from the target vehicles), plausible deniability (peicemeal after action reports- hindi nga lang magtugma tugma mga stories nila at shabby, if not ninga cogon, evidence gathering and processing).   With that said, I shall wait for the outcome of the investigation at kung may kaso baka puti na ang uwak e di pa madidinig.

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

      Oplan Chokemate daw iyon…talagang nasakal ang mga victims.
      biro mo,uniformed PNP ang 1st checkpoint,that is to alley fears,then an Army Truck full of combat force strategically behind the 2 SUV…then the choke point of Maratrat.
      Who in the right mind will initiate a firefight? The victims were not even given a chance to get out of their vehicles,once confirmed of the passenger…ratrat na.Oh my God,spare us from these monsters.

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

    Calling NBI..Pls.publish all polygraph test results of those scalawags involved,especially of that Maratrat…ASAP.

  • speaksoftlylove

    Nahawa na sa palasyo ang NBI, “still studying.”

    “Studying” ba talaga or investigating?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3UAABFPUE5ZKBXOAGLWL6POGWU joel genese

    “[P]edestrians were told to pass through the seashore, to avoid being caught in a possible fire fight,” the policeman said.
    Talagang sinegurado na na walang kawala at walang sagabal sa pag massacre!

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

    Dapat tingnang rin mabuti ng NBI iyong dalawang biktima na may ID ng ISAP Group…malamang assets sila ni Maratrat….at naging collateral damage sila.
    Malamang isa sa dalawa ang bumira kay Maratrat (realizing being sacrifice)….kaya kailangan ng forensic result kaninong baril ang tumama kay Maratrat.

    • kontra_boohaya

      Posiblemg angulo yan kaya nabaril si Mr Ratrat pero hindi fatal.  Kasapi sa “capone plot” yan di lang sinabi sa mga agents na pati sila i aampatuan.  From the getgo, this thing stank like a skunk.  Biro mo bro, intel agent ka, ikaw din ang mag “act on” sa sarili mong info?  E di pwedeng pwede lang mag build up ng “intel” si Mr. Ratrat kahit sino total siya din ang kakana. 

      As far as the investigation goes. Walang mangyayari jan dahil pulis din ang mga naunang nag process ng crime scene evidence.  Pangalawa, mista mista iiral jan lalo na kung tutuo nga na may malaking halaga ang dala ng mga nasawi.  Masaklap jan pulis ang sangkot sa magkabilang panig.  Sabihin na natin na ang isang grupo sa dalawa ay napatunayan na criminal, pulis pa rin…..too bad for the image of the PNP but fact of the matter is PNP personnel were involved on either side of the law.

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

        over and over again..I told to myself….Hindi na sana ako aabot sa age ko ngayon kung natuloy akong mag Police…Either kapwa ang nakayari sa akin or mafia.
        Pero,decided rin akong huwag tumuloy noon dahil watak watak (after Marcos)na ang takbo..hindi mo alam kung sino ang Boss mo.
        Maari rin ricochet din ang tama ni Maratrat.

  • regie

    the first checkpoint is the reconnaissance. it gave the confirmation on the presence and personalities of the 13, then the 2nd checkpoint is the k—–g zone. plain and simple….if they were really criminals, the 1st checkpoint should have not wave them further on because they should have stop them …granting if the first is a legitimate checkpoint…it is beyond logic that col. consemino will not introduce himself to the checkpoint considering that he was a former chief of police of atimonan. if he introduced himself to the 1st checkpoint then it is human logic that the first checkpoint will inform the 2nd checkpoint…naku naman ginagawa namang mga utak ” kuraTONG BALELENG ” ang mga pilipino porke naabswelto sa supreme court ang kaso ng KB…sabi nga ni ted failon di muna kailangan na maging rocket scientist para madiscern ito…mas maganda sa NBI na questioning maigi yung apat na nasa first checkpoint kung ano ang instruftion at ginawa nila at kung kanino sila under….

  • Your_King

    Not much study is really needed to determine that this was a shady operation run by crooked officials. It is just frustrating that the Palace approved such operations by allowing crooked officials to take charge.

  • theoklab

    impossible na hindi alam ni mayor at governor ang jueteng operations sa kanilang lugar. think horizontally not vertically. pde tau tawagin mga anak ng jueteng kac dahil sa jueteng nayayanig ang buong pinas.

  • 1GeorgeTolentino2

    Who will protect us from PNP checkpoints ?!

  • disqusted0fu

    If this operation was indeed approved by Sec. Ochoa, this issue will just soon be forgotten or be blamed to someone else. That’s how it goes in this administration. If one of the kkks is involved, expect no outcome from it.

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