Marantan warned: Cooperate with NBI investigation


Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas on Tuesday warned Supt. Hansel Marantan and other police officials to cooperate with the government investigation on the Jan. 6 incident in Atimonan, Quezon, in which 13 people were killed.

Roxas gave his “advice” to Marantan at a press conference in Camp Crame where he and Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima turned over to National Bureau of Investigation Director Nonnatus Rojas the police fact-finding report on the killings.

The PNP turned over a two-inch thick report to NBI Director Rojas, whose agency was tasked by President Aquino to look into the Jan. 6 incident to ensure an impartial investigation as dozens of policemen and military personnel were involved.

Exhaustive PNP report

“This report is clear, declarative, and exhaustive and the entire force of the PNP fact-finding team was utilized (here). There is one important component that was not included, not because of the shortcomings of the PNP but because of circumstances beyond our control which, is Superintendent Marantan,” Roxas said.

He said that Marantan, who had been involved in three previous sensational gun battles that had left 27 people dead, had refused to undergo an investigation when the PNP team went to the hospital where he was being treated for wounds purportedly sustained in Atimonan.

“He did not agree to answer their questions. He did not allow them to inspect his wounds, even the slugs recovered from his body, he did not allow to be released (by the hospital) that’s why I am advising Superintendent Marantan to undergo the process,” Roxas said.

“It would not be good for your situation now not to take part in a transparent process to find out the whole truth,” Roxas said in Filipino.

He added that Marantan’s situation was “in the murky middle of legal processes.”

“If he is a suspect, he also has rights that need to be respected,” Roxas said.

The incident was initially reported as a shoot-out between an alleged group of gun-for-hire criminals and government security forces along the Maharlika Highway in Atimonan that left all of the suspects dead. The only casualty on the government side was Marantan.

It later turned out that among the fatalities were alleged illegal gambling operator Vic Siman, a police senior superintendent, his two aides, two Air Force men, a real estate agent, an environmentalist, bodyguards and drivers.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer also reported that the incident was triggered by a “jueteng” (illegal numbers racket) turf war allegedly involving Siman and Marantan.

The Inquirer also learned that Marantan had been receiving death threats allegedly from Siman’s group after men allegedly under Siman’s employ were killed in a shoot-out with policemen in Calamba City in November last year. Siman supposedly believed that Marantan was behind the attack on his men.

Premature conclusion

On Monday, another former employee of Siman, Fernando “Pandoy” Marcelo, was killed in what police claimed was a result of the victim firing at them while resisting arrest.

Asked if this made the whole Atimonan incident complicated, NBI’s Rojas answered:

“In a way, yes. From the start there were so many speculations that have come out. Just the same, the NBI will be concentrating more on the incident proper and the other aspects, we will look into it. What we want to really find out in the investigation is the root of the (Atimonan) incident, who are responsible, the motive and the charges that would be filed, if necessary.”

Rojas also said the NBI investigation would also determine whether or not the incident was triggered by a jueteng turf war.

He added it was “premature” for other NBI officials to say that the Atimonan incident was an “overkill.”

“I would rather that the final conclusion so far as the shooting is concerned, whether it was a shootout or a rubout, should be declared after a thorough investigation and study by the NBI,” he said.

Probe on media leak

Roxas and Purisima would not reveal the findings and recommendations of the PNP. Roxas said he did not want to preempt the NBI’s investigation.

Nonetheless, Roxas said the contents of the reports could not be too far from the results that had been leaked to the media.

Roxas said he had directed the PNP to investigate the media leak, saying this “is not right because the findings were not yet final and it would generate so much speculations.”

“It could be that these leaks served to skew the investigation toward one area versus another, and this is not right,” Roxas said.

He said he would leave it up to the PNP to determine if news organizations who reported on the fact-finding results would be included in the investigation.

Roxas also said he would leave it to the NBI to decide whether it would publicly disclose the PNP fact-finding results.

He dismissed suggestions that PNP personnel involved in the incident were uncooperative, except for Marantan.  He said that today at 10 a.m., the policemen involved in the Atimonan incident would be giving their statements to the NBI.

“They will fully cooperate with the NBI investigation,” Roxas said.

NBI breakthrough

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said she thought the NBI agents had scored a breakthrough in their investigation.

“We know more or less what happened. It may not be the real picture yet, but the NBI has enough information and enough evidence to come up with a conclusion,” De Lima said in an interview at the NBI headquarters Tuesday.

De Lima declined to comment on the Inquirer report of the initial findings of the NBI that what happened during the Jan. 6 incident constituted “unjustified killings.”

“Since it’s initial and partial it’s not wise for me to be disclosing it,” De Lima said. She added that the NBI would assess and compare its own investigation from that of the PNP’s. She said the NBI report would not be ready until Friday because of the delay in the turnover of PNP evidence.

50 cops, soldiers at NBI Wednesday

De Lima also said Roxas and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin had given her the assurance that more than 50 police and military personnel summoned by the NBI would appear at the agency Wednesday.

“I was assured those men will appear and cooperate,” De Lima said.

Danielito Lalucis, the executive officer of the NBI Death Investigation Division, said among those to be summoned today were Chief Supt. James Melad, Region 4 director; Brig. Gen. Alla R. Luga of the Southern Luzon Command; Supt. Erwin Erni, deputy regional director; Supt. Hansel Marantan, Region 4 chief of intelligence; Chief of Intelligence and Senior Supt. Glen Dumlao, head of the Regional Public Safety Battalion, of the Calabarzon police;  Col. Monico Abang of the First Special Force Batallion; Capt. Erin Macalinao, 3rd Special Forces Batallion; Supt. Manuel Abu; Senior Supt. John Paul Carraceado; and SPO1 Arturo Sarmiento.

Cooperate or else…

Also asked to appear on Wednesday were members of the Army’s Special Forces and policemen who manned the checkpoint in Atimonan.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte warned that those who would not cooperate with the NBI would be promptly relieved.

“Refusal to cooperate will not be tolerated.  Secretary Mar Roxas will be ready to relieve them,” said Valte, when asked about the reported refusal of some police officials to submit to the NBI inquiry. With reports from Nancy C. Carvajal and Michael Lim Ubac

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  • mumbaki ak

    ipakita mo astig mo, Mar! Anything to cleanse our PNP, we, the Filipino people, are behind you. Ilawan po natin ang dilim sa institusyong dapat ay nangangalaga sa kapakanan ng sambayanan!

  • ryan andres

    O SPO Ten Manantado! Akala ko ba “I am the collateral damage”? Kung wala kang tinatago, magpaimbestiga ka. Wag kang pasaway, ‘namo kang bayuta ka.

  • farmerpo

     He added that Marantan’s situation was “in the murky middle of legal processes.”
    Duuhhh….meaning middle of of murky legal processes?

  • brunogiordano

    “He dismissed suggestions that PNP personnel involved in the incident were uncooperative, except for Marantan. ”

    “Cooperate or else”

    Uncooperative na, or else pa rin.

    Bakit puro banta at hindi tuluyan na agad??????

  • EC

    Those who do not cooperate must not only be relieved but be filed with appropriate criminal charges.

  • Rovingmoron

    Sa ganitong sitwasyon, kelangan ni Marantan mag hire sa sarili nyang lawyer. Kasi di pwedeng di sya mag pa inbestiga. That could be misunderstood that he is hiding something.

  • wawangpenoy

     Mar, this is your chance to shine. It’s risky ‘cuz you’re up against a “very big syndicate”. If you crack this syndicate, surely, you have my vote in 2016. Also, I’m sure that how you would handle this opportunity will be a projection of what kind of leader you are.

    Malay mo, which is very likely, Binay is part of the big picture. Bakit magiging bilyonaryo yan kung malinis ang pinanggalingan ng pera.

  • tata_boy

    Nasa militar si Marantan, kung ayaw niyang sumunod sa iniuutos sa kanya ay narapat lang na i-court martial siya at tingnan natin kung ano ang magagawa niya.

    • lucidlynx

      Marantan is a cop, not a soldier.

    • tarikan

      tata_boy, hindi militar si Marantan isa siyang pulis. Therefore, hindi oobra sa kanya ang court martial. Ang military, strictly speaking ay ang sumusunod: Philippine Army, PH Air Force, PH Navy, PH Marines including the PH Coast Guard. Ang PNP ay isang outfit attached to the DILG. Ang Napolcom ang nagde-disiplina sa mga kapulisan through Internal Affairs. 

      • Loggnat

        Marantan is a police officer and is under the DILG which is headed by Roxas. He is obligated to follow orders from his superiors and definitely need to follow rules and regulations concerning police involved shooting resulting in death. Investigation is mandated in incidents like these in order to find exactly why, how it occurs and if everything was done properly according to the rules. He can be charged with insubordination, failure to follow rules and regulations, and penalized if found guilty.
        Roxas appeared like a wuss when he advised Marantan to cooperate when he should be the one who is calling the shots in DILG. He seems to be allergic to making decisions and is very quick in delegating authorities to his subordinates even in situations where he should be taking the bull by the horn, and making firm command decisions if he wants to be the president of the Philippines. 
        Mr. Roxas is not looking like a presidential material so far.

    • AllinLawisFair

      Ang Philippine National Police (PNP) ay hindi military arm ng pamahalaan. 

  • kawatancila

    He did not agree to answer their questions. He did not allow them to inspect his wounds, even the slugs recovered from his body, he did not allow to be released (by the hospital) that’s why I am advising Superintendent Marantan to undergo the process,” Roxas said.. MERON BANG TINATAGO… TAMA BA NG BARIL TALAGA YUN, THE SLUGS MUST BE PRESENTED.. KC YAN ANG PATUNAY NA NAG PAPUTOK DIN ANG MGA ASA N GRUPO NI MR SIMAN,, E BAKIT AYAW NYA E PRESENTA, BAKA MAPALITAN ANG SLUGS NYAN, KC ANG SLUGS ANG PATUNAY NA GALING ITO SA MGA BARIL NG GRUPO NI SIMAN, SO KUNG AYAW NYA E PRESENTA ,,, AT MAPALITAN ANG SLUGS NG IBA,,, MEANING ,, KATAHANG ISIP LANG ANG THEORY NILA NA .. LUMABAN ANG GRUPO NI SIMAN…. ABANGAN NATIN

  • noli chu

    “Marantan had been receiving death threats allegedly from Siman’s group after men allegedly under Siman’s employ were killed in a shoot-out with policemen in Calamba City in November last year. Siman supposedly believed that Marantan was behind the attack on his men.”-So ano ito gantihan ?

    • Mar

       dapat lang din na mamatay si marantan sa dami ng pinatay nyan

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  • lucidlynx

    Hindi ko akalain bobo din ka pala Mar Roxas. Si Marantan ay walang choice but to cooperate. Kung hindi, obstruction of justice yan. Wala siyang karapatan na ipahintulot na i-check up siya kasi “he has gunshot wounds”. Lahat ng kasong pamamaril dapat iniimbestiga ng pulis. Ganun din yung slugs hindi puwedeng pigilan ang mga pulis o NBI sa pagkuha nito.

    Saan ba kayo nanggaling at saksakan ng kabobohan?

    • okabato

       Wala dito sa pinas ang obstruction of justice, obstruction of traffic meron.

  • Nutting Moore

    Onli in the Philippines, where the police, a high official in fact is the one doing or heading the killings of criminals.. they are the very ones breaking the law they are supposed to uphold.. he perfectly knew that the investigation of a crime is an SOP and he being a part of it should submit himself to the investigation and yet he has the balls and gall to reject those questioning?


  • tata_boy

    Pnoy, an EO is needed to place the PNP under the AFP, tapos i-court martial itong si Marantan, tapos na ang kuwento, ano say mo?

  • LucasPacascas

    Mayabang at matigas ang ulo ng Kernel Marantan na ito. Dapat sampahan yan ng insubordination dahil hindi na approve yung Coplan Armado, itinuloy pa din nya. Tapos ayaw makipag-cooperate sa investigation. Ano ba ang dapat gawin sa ganyang mga pulis ha, Sec. Mar Roxas? Hahayaan mo lang bang bastusin niya ang kanyang mga Hepe pati na din ikaw?   

  • kimkim1226

    kawawa ang mga sibilyan pag ganino lagi ang gagawin ng mga pulis. ambush kaagad at merun madamay na sakay sa loob. paano na kung merun pamilya sa loob paputukan pa rin.
    kayo na ang gumagawa ng operating procedures nyo.
    mga sibilyan ang nagpa-sweldo sa inyo sa tax na kinuha ng goberno.

  • mfdo

    only  in the Philippines, Cops have to be “WARNED” to follow legal process :D Only in the Philippines ..

    If cops need warning for such a serious problem, wonder where it leaves mere mortals like us … who don’t have the previlege of getting cops warned to assist us ..

  • DannyGane

    I would suggest Sec. Mar Roxas do a lifestype check on those policemen involved in questionable killings. Maybe these policemen wanted to be gambling lords themselves – who would dare arrest them if they become one. Lot’s of money involved…

    • KenKhoy

      puede ba rin ba ipa-life style check yong mag-uutos ng life style check 

  • Jack

    astig itong si marantan, baka naman kasapi siya sa KKK kaya ganoon na lang siya magsalita

  • Camilo_Cienfuegos

    …it says…too much democracy will make the country crazy!!!

    …it’s true indeed….bakit kailangan pang mag-warning si mr. roxas kay maratnan???..let the law of the land prevail. 

    …maratnan should not above the law….kasuhan na siya, isama na sa kaso kung bakit pa siya ipananganak at naging pulis!!!!

  • Dag Erickson

    Mar Roxas is not in a position to talk about the rights of Marantan when he refused the slugs  to be seen by investigators recovered  from his body.  With this kind of incident, it becomes police matter- PERIOD !  The investigators have the right to see those slugs with or without the permission of Marantan. Marantan’s right only is to refuse a blood transfusion  or to refuse a surgery after signing a legal form.  SOCO knows these  things because it is in their training. So, pls. stop pretending you don’t know the do’s and the don’ts.  The ambushed Montero  bears the sticker of the Office of the President of the Philippines !!!!!!!!!!   Now, nobody wants to mention it specially from the PRESS ????????? 
        Please confirm the allegation that bricks of cash was already dispersed to the PRESS to cook a story blaming the dead people as the bad guys !!!  DEAD MEN TELLS NO TALES !!!!!!!!!!   Let us not forget that it is from Malacanang the news that the operation is legit and that they are wearing uniforms.  How did they know right away?  wow !!!!!!!!!!!   How could SOCO respond so fast? Where was their point of origin?   THE WORLD IS WATCHING YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • VeryDisgusted2

    This is beginning to look like zarzuela.

    Roxas has ordered relief to the lesser guys but not Dumlao and Marantan, the ring leaders and the most guilty ones.

    I am beginning to suspect Roxas is involved indirectly to the case, not to solve the problem but to hide it and protect Dumlao and Marantan.

    • sherlock101

       yup obviously may basbas c mar at ocho ocho. remember ang priority goal ni mar is to stop jueteng at pag mejo nauga nya to cgurado na sya sa 2016. again the intention is good but the result is not dahil ginamit lang ni marantan ang lisensyang ito para maunahan nya si siman dahil nga nasa hitlist na sya ni siman. di ko alam bat dineclare ni valte in public na anyone na hindi susunod e sisibakin ni mar…w/c is contrary sa inaakto nung dalawa….marantan is not cooperating and mar is begging marantan to cooperate. so alam na! LOL

  • peon_observer

    takot na malaman na ang bala na tumama sa kanya galing sa sariling baril.

  • Htee

    Kasuhan na lang din ang saint lukes hopital. It is mandatory for the attending doctor to submit the bullet slug to the authority upon extraction from the wound. This is SOP in treating gunshot wounds. During the extraction of the slug, a police officer is standing beside the physician to insure that there is no magic. A trained doctor will even put a distinguishing mark on the slug for future identification in court. Maratrat or ordinary civilian don’t have a say on this procedure. The said slug will then be given to the attending officer and inturn to the ballistics department of pnp or nbi.
    Alam ko ito dahil na experience ko ito noong may isinugod akong nabaril sa hospital. Meron kaagad na pulis patola na naka dikit sa pagpasok pa lang sa hospital ER.
    Now, the question…bakit wala pa sa kamay ng pnp or nbi ang bala??? Bakit si maratrat ang nagdidisisyon kung isubmit ba ang bala o hindi??? Meron ba talagang bala??? Meron ba talagang gunshot wound??? Baka naman ingrown lang ang nasa paa, o eksema sa binti at binendahan lang ng husto???
    Eto namang si totoy mar, kulang na lang bumilang ng tatlo. Isa, dalawa, dalawa’t kalahati, dalawa’t 1/4, dalawa’t 1/8….ang labas tuloy, hide n sick. Marami kapang kakainin utoy.
    Sumatutal, naglolokohan ba tayo??????????????

  • Htee

    Baka naman noong nag press release iton si gng. Mar, nasa likuran naman ang dumlaolao….hehehe

  • Htee

    May pahabol pa pala ang patayan…itong si Pandoy.

  • Htee

    Preventive arrest muna itong si maratrat, dumlaolao at si belat…para cease fire ang dalawang pangkat….mar, mar, andyan ka pa ba????

  • AllinLawisFair

    Sa tingin natin ay mahaba pa ang mga kamay ni Supt. Hansel Marantan. Kahit naka confine ito sa hospital ay humihikap ang kanyang mga galamay. Sa katunayan ay isang tao na naman na nakilala sa pangalang Fernando “Pandoy” MORALES, not Marcelo as erroneously reported here), ng San Juan, Batangas  na inamin ng kanyang asawa mismo na may kaugnayan kay Victor Siman ang napatay ng mga pulis. 

    Sa tingin natin ay mauubos ang mga taong may kinalaman sa juweteng sa Southern Tagalog lalo na kung ang mga ito ay hindi kapanalig ni Marantan. 

    Ang tanong natin: Ano kaya kung ang saklaw ng kapangyarihan ni Marantan ay lumawak sa buong Pilipinas?

  • Johnny

    Wag kayong mag alala at pag nadismissed si Maratrat hindi na din yan tatagal at madami ng maghahangad sa buhay nya sa dami nyang pinatay.. Nakakatakot na pla ngayon paano kung mapagkamalan ang sasakyan mo na katulad ng sa suspect raratratin ka na pla ksama ang pamilya mo tapos sasabihin nila ‘ AY MALI SORRY”

    Kahit pa sabihin naten gambling operator si Siman hindi pa din sya dapat patayin, ano ba ang masama sa pagiging operator ng weteng, madami nabibigyan ng trabaho me mga padulas pa sa pulis at mga mayor, lahat nagkakapera.

    Sa Batangas mdaming operator ng gun for hire alam ko nga kung sino sino eh simpleng tao lang ako, un isa nga birador 17yrs old pa lang 8 na nadadale sabi mismo ng operator sa amin..Nakakatakot na talaga ngaun bumangga at hindi mo alam kung sino bibira syo.

    Un mga taga San Juan Batangas nman na napatay malamang mga birador talaga sila kasi balita ko karamihan doon galing mga birador o gun for hire…  

    • Richard

       brad email me for details sa marxism74atyahoodotcom regarding kung magkano ang kilala mong birador at kung papaano makokontak, meron dito gustong mag bayad mapa tumba lang ang hinayupak na yan kasama ang kanyang pamilya.

      • Jen

        marami kang satsat.. gawin mo kung gusto mo, duwag… birador?,, wala yan..

  • charles

    this Marantan police guy is so effective, because he kills everyone, regardless of whether they’re innocent or not…

  • Bel Puncia

    walang mangyayari diyan sakarerelieve dapat patalsikin sa pwesto

  • basyong

    pumiyak ka na ng matapos na ang maliligayang araw ninyo ni dumlao

  • spam1978

    It’s more GUN in the PHILIPPINES!!!
    May Lason, Trilliones, Enrilehente, Dumlaoit, Maratrat, Erap – pera???
    San ka pa,,,sa susunod na election,,,,iboto ninyo ulit ang lahat ng nakaupong SENADOR, CONGRESSMAN na nagpapalitan lng ng House ngunit sila sila rin lamang ang nagpapatakbo ng PILIPINAS….Hangga’t yang mga HANGAL na nakaupo jan ngayon sa SENADO at KONGRESO…sasaan ka pa ngunit wala ng tatahakin ang BAYAN NATIN kundi sa BURAK at BURAK lamang…AMININ NATIN…ANG PULITIKA SA PILIPINAS AY PARA LANG SA MAYAYAMANG ANGKAN AT para sa FAMILY BUSINESS!!! ok??

  • graciano82

    Refusal of Marantan to answer questions from the PNP fact finding body nor allow his wounds to be inspected by them means he’s guilty as hell. The Atimonan scene controversy escalated to a monumental height and the investigating teams from the NBI and the PNP had already released the tip of the iceberg to suggest a fault of the gunmen and since Marantan is one of them, he should be less belligerent but more cooperative to the investigating teams so that the inconsistencies unearthed during the course of investigation to assail their arguments be ironed to release him and the others from blame

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  • Jen

    Mr. President, PNP chief, AFP chief of staff, chief DILG.. give them commendation and medals,, give what is due to manantan, wounded medal… my high respectto all of you… dont be too much on publicity.. duty first or resign better

  • Paliwaweng

    Secretary Roxas, takot ka ata kay Marantan e, bakit ‘advice’ ang binibigay mo? Sya ba ang boss mo?
    Utusan mo syang sumunod or else…
    Yang di nya pagpayag na ma eksamen ang mga sugat nya ay katibayan ng nagsisinungaling sya.
    Katulad din ng pagtanggi nong una ni Corona na mabuksan ang kanyang mga assets and liabilities, kaya noon pa man, he was presumed to be guilty as charged.

    So does with this one biggest scalawag in the PNP, Hansel Marantan.

  • Jen

    In every police operations that exchanges of fires occurs, you cannot expect fairness when it comes to news and opinions of “intelligent” people.. cause they were not the ones who experienced tragic events.. though policemen manning checkpoints or responding in a police assistance were dispatched in good faith.. although it was a legitimate police operations,we likely tends to influence others that it was a well planned operations… to explain to you further, there has never been a well planned operation when it comes to responding to a call for police assistance or manning a checkpoint.. every firefight comes instantly knowing you had accomplish something for the good of the constituents or a job well done..police always act on every information whether it turned out naught or it turned out fruitful.. but what hurts policemen on the field is when they experience miss-encounters knowing later to be their comrades.. I know they were on a legit operation. to require them to be cautious not to hurt the victims when their very lives and limbs are placed in a perilous situation is absolutely illogical and preposterous.. If it is true that they (victims) were alleged members of a criminal elements then why are we to blame them (responders) for a collateral damage when it is a mere repercussion of an instinctive response while in the lawful exercise of their respective duties? .. i’m not to judge, its my opinion.. if all doubt their legitimacy then investigation will take its course but must be fairly, just and God forbids,,WAG MAHALUAN NG PUBLICITY AT PULITIKA DAHIL JAN KAYO MAGALING…

    • Paliwaweng

      Comments here are self-explanatory, as a result of what transpired from the words of Marantan himself.
      Another is he refused that his wounds will be examined.
      He also refused to talk with the investigating team.
      And his initial statements are contradictory from the findings of the NBI that those men inside the SUV’s had fired their guns.

      The term ‘publicity’ and pulitika are absurd generalization of events that are seemingly incomprehensible to anyone who wants to deviate from facts.

  • Paliwaweng

    You are right Mr. Rojas, it is not ‘overkill’. It is a massacre.

    • Damaso

      Lahat ng mga hinayupak na yan na involved sa jueteng., they all deserve to DIE! Good for them!

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