Lontok was not an NPA rebel – kin, AFP

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LUCENA CITY — The family of slain environmentalist Tirso “Jun” Lontok Jr. on Sunday strongly disputed the report that he once joined the New People’s Army (NPA).

“The family knows nothing of Kuya Jun’s supposed NPA membership. We also don’t know JJ Marasigan,” Ariel Saliva, spokesman of the Lontok family, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer over the phone.

He appealed to all who knew his cousin not to muddle the bloody shooting incident in Atimonan, Quezon and besmirch the reputations of its victims through unsubstantiated tales and information.

“If they are really friends of Kuya Jun, they should join his family in our quest for justice for the victims of Atimonan massacre,” said Saliva, who was also Lontok’s personal driver.

The Lontok family in a press conference on Thursday also stressed that there was no political angle in the killing.

According to Joseph Jadway “JJ” Marasigan, chairperson of Quezon Association for Rural Development and Democratization Services Inc., in his contributed article to the Inquirer that was published Sunday, Lontok once joined the NPA and went underground.

Marasigan further said that after Lontok found out that life in the boondock was not for him, “the environmentalist decided to surrender and commit himself to the government’s social reintegration program.”

But a highly placed source from the military intelligence community also denied that Lontok had once became a communist guerrilla.

The informant, citing intelligence record, said: “Lontok is an activist during his college days in Manila and went on a countryside exposure for a certain period” but the source stressed that it did not go as far as joining the communist rebel movement.

“What could had follow after the exposure was his oath-taking as party (Communist Party of the Philippines) member but Lontok did not continue,” said the military source.

The source added: “But he has lots of contacts with the UG (underground).”

Lontok became the Sariaya town municipal administrator from 2004 to 2007 but lied low from politics in 2008 and worked in Saudi Arabia for a year.

Upon his return, he became a political adviser of the Alcalas on Quezon politics.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, the patriarch of the Alcala clan, admitted that Lontok is a close relative and one of the organizers of the Liberal Party in the province.

The Alcalas and Lontok both have their roots in Dolores, Quezon.

The military source also confirmed that Victor Siman, one of the 13 persons killed in an alleged shootout with police and Army soldiers along the Maharlika Highway in Atimonan on Jan. 6, was a “jueteng operator.”

“But he (Siman) has no links with the rebel movement,” said the informant.

Lontok, a native of Dolores town located at the foot of Mt. Banahaw, was known in the province to have access to NPA rebels. The mountain was once a lair of communist guerrillas.

One of Lontok’s close relatives admitted in an earlier interview that the environmentalist had once helped Siman in dealing with NPA rebels in Laguna who had been harassing Siman’s operation of “bookies,” an illegal numbers game based on the government-sanctioned Small Town Lottery, in Calamba City.

The relative said that a day before the Atimonan encounter, Siman had asked Lontok to join him in his trip to Camarines Norte to stop the insurgents from harassing his gambling operations in the area.

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  • Fulpol

    you need to protect the master because the damage is huge…

    i smell that in the paper…

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    There is clearly an ongoing demolition job to destroy the reputation of Jun Lontok. Without Jun Lontok the environmentalist, the entire Quezon Massacre could be easily dismissed as scalawags robbing and rubbing out fellow scalawags. At least that’s the narrative being peddled by those who wish to hush it up as if it never happened. Unlike Ninoy who hooked up with the Huks and NPAs and openly admitted so, there is no evidence to suggest that Jun Lontok was on the wrong side of the law. Even then, Ninoy was immersing himself in the countryside to better understand the lives of the disenfranchised. If the powers that be succeed in discrediting the dead environmentalist Jun Lontok, this case will be as good as closed. No justice for Jun Lontok and his family. PNoy’s administration will appear as decisive and capable in resolving heinous crimes which in turn will boost the chances of the administration’s LP candidates. Marantan gets to walk, albeit in crutches, and Lacson gets to retain his title as the undisputed and unconvicted Rub-Out King. It is not in the interest of the administration nor the powers that be to allow Jun Lontok to make them look bad.

    At this point, only Jun Lontok can save Jun Lontok. We, the powerless citizenry, can only pray that Jun Lontok continues to stick out like a sore green thumb to the powers that be, in life as it is in death.

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    ano ‘to? charge to experience na lang? eh kasi WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME? at bakit tama ang timing ng pagdaan ng convoy – siguro may ESP si MARANTAN. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T42Q37DX5BRWJ5NRYTBC2DXUAU Jols – batman Robin

    ang galing kc mag disguise ung mga npa…ang daming pangalan………….

  • virgoyap

    It seems that he is a truly dedicated and committed in his work as environmentalist, ngunit sad to say that nadamay lang siya.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    NPA talaga nadadamay ang sibilyan sa mga panununog nila at pag patay madali pang disguise dapat ipadala na sa north korea ang mga nang gugulo na ito sagot ba sa kahirapan ang digmang bayan salot!! lalo wala mag invest na negosyante sa pinas sa takot makotongan ng NPA 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AX7A65HBPOATKIEDV77LOLRVUM Colokoy

    Ang tanong, bakit kasama ni J Lontok ang mga Jueteng Lord, (mga outlaw)?. kaya pala patuloy pa rin ang jueteng dahil ang LP sumusuporta sa illegal gambling, pera2 lng tlaga.. Iyan ang Tuwid na Daan, LP, Police at Gambling Lord, Gun running , magkasama sa caravan

  • AllinLawisFair

    Of of those involved in the Atimonan ambush were/are human beings.

    We all know that even in the inner recesses of the Church where everyone in there is supposed to be deeply religious and pious, there are black sheep in white robes who prey on helpless children or sire them.

    The point is, in this world of mice and men where there is prevalent poverty, everyone is susceptible to temptation. The most tempting of them all is the lure of easy money, in the hundreds of thousands or even millions, which, once  gained lead one to the life of obscene luxury; big house, a fleet of luxury vehicles in the garage, and a hedonistic lifestyle.

    We also know that jueteng and drugs are the most profitable sources of millions albeit illegal. It could have been that all those men involved in the shootout, the killers and the killed were after big and easy money; that they were ready to kill or be killed in the pursuit of it. 

    It is normal that the relatives of the victims will always try to clean the names of their deceased kins while those who killed them will always try to paint a besmirched image of those they shot dead.

    The press will be filled with charges and countercharges which are sure to discombobulate the minds of the readers.

    And the readers, whose only source is the press, would view them according to their own personal analysis, like the opinions of bloggers here.

  • zeroko

    It’s a mater of “wrong time in the wrong place.” The incident is really nothing more than MURDER to the full sense of the word. It was design to KILL all the occupants. Pity to those who died, but this is the policy of the PNP and the military,, the “killing machine” who are indoctrinated to “shot to kill.” 

    “Dead men tells no lies.”

  • zeroko

    PNP shame on you

    • wawa2172

      Yes with Glen Dumlao and Maratnan in your rank talagang mapapahiya ang PNP. Dumlao will always be haunted with Dacer-Corbito case but kahit multoyata nang napaslang ay takot kay kamatayan, si Dumlao at kasamang si Maratnan. Kahit kay Lacson takot pati multo and he is a known boss of Glen at PAOCTF then. Napahiya tuloy si Purisima, who was  the chosen one of Noy. Di pala niya kaya ma descipline ang hanay niya. Purisima in his inaugural speech encourage the police to restore the respect of the people to the lawmen. With the Atimonan massacre, tiyak mapapahiya si Purisima/

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