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Palace admits Quezon shooting probe to test Aquino’s ‘straight path’ policy

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A member of the NBI fornensic team examines one of the bullet riddled SUV at the Municipal Police Station in Atimonan, Quezon where 13 people were killed in an alleged ‘shootout’ with police and military at a checkpoint last January 6.INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

MANILA, Philippines — The investigation of the killing of 13 people in a supposed gun battle between government security forces and alleged criminals in Atimonan, Quezon province, on Jan. 6 has become test of President Aquino’s good government policy, Malacañang acknowledged on Wednesday.

Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communication Operations Office said the Aquino administration’s credibility would be at stake in the handling of the investigation.

Coloma said the President specifically ordered an exhaustive and independent investigation by the National Bureau of Investigation to preclude doubts about the outcome of the investigation.

And so far, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police have responded by relieving police officers involved in the Atimonan operation, Coloma said.

“This is no ordinary event, and the policy that we call ‘straight path and good governance’ would be disputed if we failed to convince the people that we had an exhaustive investigation, and hold those responsible liable,’’ he said.

The President, who expressed doubts that a shoot-out took place because of “inconsistencies” in the initial police report, ordered a full and exhaustive investigation by the NBI.

Coloma appealed for a stop to speculations in the press about the circumstances surrounding the incident pending the release of the official investigative report.

“Let’s minimize the over-speculation, the intrigue, to allow a smooth flow of the investigation, and to avoid any bias in the final findings of the NBI,’’ he said.

Three policemen and three soldiers were among the 13 people killed in the supposed shootout at a joint police-military checkpoint along a sparsely populated stretch of Maharlika Highway in Barangay (village) Lumutan in Atimonan.

Superintendent Hansel Marantan, leader of the police team at the checkpoint, was the only one wounded among more than 40 policemen and members of the Army Special Forces that allegedly shot it out with the group of alleged illegal gambling lord Victor “Vic” Siman.

Police claimed the victims were members of a gun-for-hire and illegal gambling syndicate. But the families of the victims denied the accusations and charged that the victims were summarily executed.

Police sources said the supposed gun battle was the offshoot of a rivalry for turf between two syndicates involved in the numbers racket “jueteng.”

Coloma welcomed the announcement by Sen. Gregorio Honasan that his committee on public order and dangerous drugs would open an inquiry into the killings upon the resumption of Congress sessions on Jan. 21.

“It’s all right for the Senate to help in the overall efforts to correct whatever system glitch led to the Atimonan incident,” Coloma said.

Honasan said the inquiry would focus on the conduct of the policemen and soldiers at the checkpoint.


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Tags: Atimonan , Benigno Aquino III , Crime , deaths of crime suspects , Department of Interior and Local governments , Gregorio Honasan Jr. , Hansel Marantan , Hereminio Coloma , law and justice , Malacañang , News , Philippine executive branch , Philippine Government , Philippine National Police , Philippine president , Police , police checkpoints , police operations , quezon shooting , Regions , rubout , Senate , Senate legislative inquiry , Shoot-out , shoot-out casualties


  • palakasantayo

    Hito na… ang matuwid na daan maraming matutumbok but, this is the way it is, maraming “collateral damage” ito… mga kaibigan, kumpadre, kamaganak. Sige lang Pnoy tama ito, dapat talagang maalis itong mga masamang puno.

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

    PARA NOONG BUS HOSTAGE PURO WOW MALI 

  • TEAM PNOY

    Si Soriano – dating daan
    Si Villar – C5 ang daan
    Si Pnoy – tuwid na daan, pero may CHECKPOINT!

    MAY CHECKPOINT NA TUWID NA DAAN!  Mamili po kayo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2JVSEXTMANAEZGLOSZGWJYW67Q Jess

    Ano kaya ang mangyayari kung sa dami ng mga grupong nag iimbesitagate, makakasalungat ang mga findings nila. who will prevail? Lahat gustong makisawsaw sa nangyaring ito. Kahit alam na nang lahat ang nangyari. Even the witnesses have already come forward maski takot sila.

    You can find the facts if you are focused on it. But if you are finding scapegoats and rationalisation, you wll also find it. Just watch the probes and you will agree. 

  • kilabot

    predictable. 
    this investigation will end up similar to the ff investigations: 
    1) luneta hostage incident; 
    2) ricopuno jueteng incident; 
    3) llamas dvd/ak47 incident; 
    4) naguiat pagcor incident; 
    the noykapon way. the perverted new normal.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    kung malinis ang pagkaka-gawa at hindi naging palpak ang nangyaring massacre ay iba ang magiging istorya niyo dahill sasabihin nyo na matagumpay ang kampanya laban sa kriminalidad at sugal. ngayon pa lang nga kitang kita na marami na kayong nila-laglag.

    talagang parehas lang kayong engot ng mga kasama mo dyan sa palasyo idamay mo na rin ang amo mong kalbo.

  • Albert Einstien

    TUWID na TUWID hindi yun DAAN  kundi yun  mga bangkay….yun DAAN HUWAD..road to perdition …NEWS:  Sacked Calabarzon police chief insists Quezon operations had blessings of Palace…..ha ha …with palace blessing…mukhang totoo sinasabi ni melad na me approval ng operation…..di lang nilagyan ng funding para me window of denial in case na BULILYASO………PALACE APPROVED carnage.? ..GRABE na to…papasok na UN at intl human rights groups jan….talo pa me martial law nyan a…..tsk tsk

    system glitch led to the Atimonan incident,” Coloma said…….grabe CARNAGE system glitch…WOW!

  • pangitbudhiko

    kawawa naman yung mga police at sundalo na kasama duon sa engkuwentro,  THEY WIL;L BE THE SACRIFICIAL LAMB OF THE ABNOY, TO MAKE HIS  TUWID NA DAAN CREDIBLE””” poor guys,

    • PlumberfromCanada

      pag THEY..plural..kaya dapat LAMBS….walang pag-asa talaga ito si lolo sa grammar…

      • pangitbudhiko

        heto ka nanam, why don’t you move on,  Putangina mo pahindut ka na lang sa akin, kasi paggamit mo “”gandabudhi ko” ikaw ay babae, kung kulang ka sa hindut pupunuan ko na lang ang pagkukulang ng asawa mong si nakatutok Talagang wala ka paring binatbat

      • PlumberfromCanada

        ano yung “HETO KA NANAM”??? bisaya gyud..

      • pangitbudhiko

        ang mga katulad m o dapat mas malutong na mura ang mababasa mo galing sa aking, putrangina mo at kaputaputahanm ka ng ina mo, pati na ang mga anak mo, buhay kapa sinusunog na ang kaluluwa mo, wala ka paring binatbat

      • PlumberfromCanada

        di ko na tanungin ano breeding mo..nakikita na sa pinagsasabi mo…

      • $8866117

        belib na ako sa yo, ang tindi mo hayop ka parin at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo. I wil not justify those typo error, but you’re really nice piece of work of you know what I mean. Talagang putangina mo.

      • pangitbudhiko

        you are not perfect, you stop your stuppppidity. Debauche de mere

      • PlumberfromCanada

        regards sa apo mo sa KINDERGARDEN…mr GUESS SPEAKER..

      • pangitbudhiko

        ang mga katulad m o dapat mas malutong na mura ang mababasa mo galing sa aking, putrangina mo at kaputaputahanm ka ng ina mo, pati na ang mga anak mo, buhay kapa sinusunog na ang kaluluwa mo, wala ka paring binatbat

      • pangitbudhiko

        ikaw wala kang pagasa sa buhay, in french “”‘vous n’aves paz de chance dens le vie””””

      • PlumberfromCanada

        galing mo mag google…..tama yan, french na lang para iwas puna sa grammar at spelling..

      • pangitbudhiko

        yes hanggang tagalog na lang ang kaya mong basahin, igoogle mo yung mga sinulkat koung french sayo, Putangina mo at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo, debauche de mere

      • PlumberfromCanada

        “SINULKAT”??? ,,,,walang pag asa….

      • $8866117

        ikaw ang walang pag asa sa buhay, nagmamarunong ka, wala ka naman binatbat sa buhay, putang ina mo at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo, at isa kang malaking peste diyan sa manila

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Kung aking pagbabasehan ang mga nabasa ko ito ay nagsimula sa unang checkpoint para masiguro, makilala at malaman ng mga pulis-militar kung gaano ang pwersa ng sinasabing target. Yung pangalawang checkpoint doon na inabanagan ang mga target at doon nangyari ang putukan. Yung pangatlong checkpoint ay para hindi makapasok ang mga sibilyan at ng hindi madamay pa…  Diumano dahil sa malaki ang galit ni Siman kay Maratnan sapagkat ito ang siyang leader sa pagkakapatay sa kanyang mga kolektor ng jueteng marahil nakita agad ni Siman si Marantan na siyang naka-front sa checkpoint, kaya pinaputukan agad nila ito. (kaya nga sinasabi ng mga pulis-militar na ang target ang unang nagpaputok).  Ang nakahandang pulis-militar naman ay gumanti ng putok. Sabi, after 2 minutes, ay tumigil ang putukan, pero muli daw gumanti ng putok ang mga nasa suv kaya dito na niratrat ng pinagsanib na pulis-militar ang kanilang target. Siguro, kumbaga sa clearing operations ay nilapitan ng mga pulis-militar ang mga sasakyan, kaso baka nakita nila na may mga buhay pa na gusto pang makaganti ng putok o gumagalaw lang kaya dito na sila malapitan pinaputukan…  Dapat din sanang ilantad sa publiko ang mga pagkatao ng mga napatay yung totoo lang, kasi syempre kung yung mga pamilya nila ang pakikinggan ay siguradong lahat sila ay mga law abiding citizen…

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

      Pare,Maling mali ang mga haka haka o kathang isip mo KAYSA doon sa results ng PNP Fact Finding Group  na nasa GMA News na…..Sino ka man or isa ka sa Guilty party..mangompisal ka nalang.

    • Kairosphil

      Si Consemino ay walang criminal record sabi ng kanyang Boss sa MIMAROPA!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IGQYIPU6AFTVRJ742XT2X44M4 Jef

    I am not welcomed to the announcement by Sen. Gregorio Honasan that his committee on public order and dangerous drugs would open an inquiry into the killings of 13 alleged gun for hire. Ito na naman gustong magpasikat mga senador on aid of legislation lapit na kasi halalan ibalik nyo muna 1.6M para malinis bakuran nyo nagsasayang lang kayo ng taxpayer money sa pagiimbistiga gamitin nyo nalang sa school project or whatever na pweding makinabangan ng taong bayan…ano pa ba ang saysay ng NBI investigation nagwawaldas din ng taxpayer money kung kayo magiimbistiga din simulat sapul pa wala naman kayong ikinulong or kinasuhan SHAME ON YOU…on the other hand look also the background of the 13 alleged gun for hire hindi lang kayo nagpupukos sa isang side.  

  • boybakal

    I still support Pnoy Straight Path even with Checkpoint.
    Just like in the saying…Wag lumingon sa pinanggalingan, tiyak tama sa likod ang paroroonan.
     

  • boybakal

    Yan ang Tuwid na Daan ni Pnoy.
    Pati SUV hindi patatawarin at patatawirin.
    Kawawa naman yon SUV, wala man lang nakiramay, nagsakay lang nadamay pa.
    Tadtad ng bala pati gulong flat.
    Inspite of that, I make that SUV a hero, isinangkalan niya ang katawan, kaso lusot din ang bala.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    I guess Sec. Coloma is no different from the PAOCC head Sec. Ochoa.. both of them got no balls to run after criminal elements!

    • wawa2172

       Oh well, if you have Dumlao at PAOCC then Coloma and Ochoa will really lost their balls. Dumlao will act on his own, defy everybody and shoot Ochoa anf Coloma between legs with target killed.

  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    If they focus just on the “shootout” instead of determining whether it was a jueteng turf war then people will dismiss the straight narrow path of Aquino as just one of those empty slogans.

    If they focus just on the conduct of the people involved and not dig deeper how Dumlao a suspect in the Corbito-Dacer murder got back and of all agency one that is under the president then this administration will be known as the clueless one.

  • boybakal

    Quezon shooting probe TO TEST Aquino’s ‘STRAIGHT PATH’ policy…

    Ang hirap naman sa Straight Path or Tuwid na Daan ni Pnoy….May nag Road Test, niratrat.
    Ibig sabihin yon daan lubak lubak.
    Dapat palitan na yang Tuwid na Daan…Patay na Daan…or put a sign Beware…this path kills.

  • ManongOsang

    Ang MAHIRAP sa ibang Pinoy, LAGING NEGATIVE, LAGING KONTRA, LAGING REKLAMO, LAGING TALANGKA MENTALITY….Ang Masakit e- YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHNG, ZERO to show as a nation!!!
    -NINAKAWAN, GINAHASA at INABUSO ni Marcos for 20 Years…
    -GINAGO, NINANKAWAN, SINAMPAL ni Gloria at Erap for 10 years…

    Ngayon may sa wakas na MATINONG PRESIDENTE… Hindi Perfekto, pero Matino at Magaling at Pinipilit pagandahin ang Bayan, Umaarangkada ang Ekonomiya, Bilib pati Amerika , Europe at Japan, Pati Corrupt na GMA at Corona- Binanatan…
    ETO NANAMAN ang ” FAILURE ATTITUDE  & POOR MAN’s MENTALITY” ng napaka-raming Pilipino!

    In 3 short Years, PNOY will HAPPILY Leave office !!! He will gladly LEAVE his Presidency with the Philippines at a 500% BETTER PLACE than when he took office after GMA.

    In 3 short Years, MILLIONS of ” ALWAYS NEGATIVE, ALWAYS CRITICAL, ALWAYS GLASS IS HALF EMPTY, CRAB MENTALITY Filipinos will LIKELY End up with President Jojo Binay & Vice President Jinggoy Ejercito and Senator Jackie Enrile & Senator Nancy Binay….And FRANKLY… YOU DESERVE Jojo Binay & JInggoy Estrada DAHIL Wala Talagang Mararating ang Ating Bayan dahil NAPAKARAMING LOSER MENTALITY or in other words BOBO, MORON at TANGGA !!!!

    Sadly, the chances of the Philippines EVER getting even a glimpse of the Success of Japan,  Singapore, South Korea or Taiwan is ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE in our Lifetime dahil TALAGANG MARAMING STUPIDO at TANGGANG Pinoy!

    Many of the comments below are CLEAR examples of this LOSER MENTALITY !

    They want a Perfect President that they will NEVER EVER SEE or experience in their lifetime !!!
    Instead Life will once again give them a NEW COMBINED VERSION of Marcos, GMA, & Erap in 2016 with Jojo Binay !!! Bagay talaga sa inyo si Binay !!! TAPOS IIYAK IYAK !!! LOL ! STUPID ! 

    • Albert Einstien

      “The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject.”– Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 121-180 A.D.

      yellow zombie ka po ba?  hindi naman PORKE sinasabi ng mga commenters dito yun KATOTOHANAN ng INCOMPETENCE ng pnoy admin at PARTNERSHIP ng mga ilang opisyal ng pnp at afp pati na intel units nila sa mga criminal syndicate e pro binay na sila…bawal na po ba magsabi ng katotoanan at realidad…nasa NEWS naman lahat yan sinasabi ng  mga tao e …lol

      panahon ni marcos 1973..GDP GROWTH 9.2% highest sa HISTORY …nong panahon ni marcos NAGDEDEVELOP na ng MISSILE DEFENSE at NUCLEAR CAPABILTY ang AFP.. me disiplina at maganda ang economiya at no 2 sa asya ang RP..tahimik at masagana ang bansa….pero ng1968 IBINULGAR ni NINOY ( kaibigan ng MALAYSIAn leaders ) ang sikretong PAGBAWI ni MARCOS sa SABAH…1968 din sabay inorganisa at INUMPISAHAN ang ARMADONG pakikibaka ng MNLF at CPP ….sino ang mga nasa likod nila at PUMUPONDO sa kanila?….dahil lang yan sa POLITICAL AMBITION ng iilan…at ltinuluyan ng agawin ang kapangyarihan ng gobyerno ng 1986 nila SIN, CORY, JPE AT RAMOS…yan ang nagpabagsak sa RP …..umupong presidente si CORY kahit ALAM niyang HINDI nya kaya at panay panay ang coup de etat dahil MAHINA ang pamamalakad nya hindi lang sumoporta ang mga SIBILYAN dahil tina-TAKOT sila ng yellow media sa lupit ng martial law ..IPINANGAKO nya lahat ni cory pr suportahan siya pati na ang reforma sa lupa ..at pupuksa-in ang kahirapan..pero hanggang ngayon WALA pa reforma sa lupa ng LUISITA at lalong NAGHIRAP ang bansa at mga mamamayan…nangangako lang sila para hindi sila matanggal sa PWESTO..

      ngayon panahon ni pnoy naman…

      BIGGEST scam in history —- 12 billion courtesy of malaysian
      BIGGEST corruption in history—-2011 coa audit report …101.8 BILLION lost to CORRUPTION.
      BIGGEST giveaway of territories—milf bangsamoro state( courtesy of malaysia ) & china declared ownership of our islands after pnoy-trillianes compromise .BIGGEST INJUSTICE——political vendetta
      BIGGEST NATIONAL DEBT EVER….1 trillion just for 2 year period …TAPOS mas MAHIHIRAP pa at mas NAGUGUTOM ang mga tao ngayon……….
      BIGGEST SMUGGLNG in history–Smuggling in the Philippines is at its worst under President Aquino’s administration, with the smuggled value averaging $19.6 billion annually, an explosion from the comparable figures of $3.1 billion and $3.8 billion yearly during the terms of Presidents Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ( pdi column)
      BIGGEST hypocrisy…FOI election promise, skyrocketing PRICES of everything, 29% unemployment,HIGH criminality & Investor risk aversion led DROP in foreign direct investments (FDI) in the Philippines .lowest ang ang pnoy admin…..sabi ng mga noynoying UMUUNLAD tayo….puro bola at propaganda lang…
      BIGGEST unemployment ,:NEWS 11/15/12; Unemployment worsens in 3rd quarter at 29.4%si comelec brilliantes lang at mmda ang gumagana sa govt of noynoying…..LAHAT na NOYNOYING at PALPAK….yun gdp growth galing naman sa OFW at BPO hindi dahil sa ginawa ng admin..

      PNP report na mismo ang nagsasabi na HINDI SHOOT-OUT at pinakakasuhan nila ng administrative at criminal …at planting of evidence pa at ginalaw ang crime scene…..pero kulang pa rin reporrt nila kasi ilan lang yun nagbigay ng statements at yun allege 100 million, gold at diamonds  hindi idinisclose….nawawala yun RED BAG at cluch bag… open your EYES & MIND  po….. : > )

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Marantan at Dumlao ang malamang na main players ng pagpa plano……dito pa lang kahina hinala na ang motibo……kung hindi sana involved ang dalawang ito ay maaari pa malihis ang attention ng publiko sa dapat lang na mawala ang mga salot na jueteng lords at mga protectors nito! pero habang nandiyan ang dalawa na yan ay hindi dapat maging kampante ang mamamayan ng calabarzon dahil baka magaya sila sa mag-ama niratrat sa paranaque at yun ang malinaw na collateral damage ng mga pulis!

  • superpilipinas

    It is a cause and effect. The cause is PNoy.

    First of all, PNoy made a blunder by saying that erradication of jueteng is not his admins priority. That was a welcome signal to PNP scalawags eyeing big protection money from jueteng lords. It would have been better if he did not say anything.

    With corruption in the police, there is a small chance of professionalizing. Worse is, the good policemen have no choice but to “go with the flow” and ignore corruption and play along. Otherwise the bad colleagues will turn on them. 

  • disqusted0fu

    The handling of the investigation is just a small portion of the test of the Aquino administration’s credibility. The bigger part of the test which they clearly flunked is the deterrence of one, jueteng, two, the involvement of authorities in it, and three, the incident that actually happened.

    Jueteng is undeniably one of the biggest and most abundant illegal business in our country. The inaction of the Aquino administration about it, plus his declaration that getting rid of it is not his priority has made this illegal business grow even bigger. Now we have to suffer the consequences. And that is the real test among many others under this supposed straight path government of the Aquino administration.

  • $8866117

    oo



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