Palace stands by De Lima comment on Quezon shooting


Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Friday stood by the pronouncement of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima that the Jan. 6 operation in Atimonan, Quezon, was not a shootout, debunking the claim of Superintendent Hansel Marantan and relieved police officials of Southern Tagalog.

Undersecretary Abigail Valte, a Palace spokesperson, rejected insinuations that De Lima was authorized by the Palace to preempt the outcome of the investigation.

“I don’t think that the secretary is preempting the investigation. The media also that were there would also want details owing to their coverage,” said Valte at a briefing in the Palace.

“And we trust that Secretary De Lima is also on hand to provide the proper guidance to the investigation,” she added.

Asked whether De Lima was already jumping the gun on investigators of the National Bureau of Investigation when she claimed that it was not “shootout,” Valte said: “Well, there are other things that need to be settled also and, again, as I reiterated earlier, Secretary De Lima is really in a better position to speak about the details of the ongoing investigation.”

Valte also found nothing wrong with the presence of the justice chief during a reenactment Thursday of the killing of 13 people which now appears to have been killed in cold blood.

She appeared elated that President Benigno Aquino III’s initial impression – that there were “inconsistencies” between the claim of a shootout by Marantan’s group and what was later found at the crime scene – was somewhat validated.

Valte, however, preferred that the Department of Justice or the NBI to be the one to make a conclusion on the killings.

“We will wait for the contents of the final report [of the investigators] before we make any comment on the details that have been coming out in the media lately since the event happened,” she said.

Marantan, Chief Superintendent James Melad, the relieved chief of the Calabarzon police, and Supt. Glenn Dumlao, commander of the Regional Public Safety Battalion of the Calabarzon police, have maintained that “Coplan Armado”(case operation plan) was approved by the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission on October 24.

Said Valte: “Again, let’s wait for the conclusions of the investigators themselves. I understand that the personnel of the PAOCC are there at the NBI to submit their affidavits in support of the investigation as ordered by the Executive Secretary.”

Told that Marantan’s lawyer was questioning the presence of the DOJ chief at the reenactment, when the NBI was the only one tasked to investigate, Valte said: “That’s splitting hairs already. That’s irrelevant because, as everybody knows, the NBI is under the supervision of the Department of Justice, which is headed by Secretary De Lima.”

Valte advised Marantan and his lawyer “to cooperate with the investigation rather than attack the Secretary of Justice personally.”

Valte maintained that De Lima was “in a better position” to make the observation, “primarily owing to her proximity to the investigation.”

“As far as we are concerned, if those are the concerns of Supt. Marantan, if those are their concerns, then again, we always go back to what we have been saying that they can always cooperate to present their side of the story.

“I understand that they were asked to give an affidavit; they have turned over one of the slugs. Further cooperation is needed if they want to get their side of the story into the investigation,” said Valte.

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  • Your_King

    The Palace has no choice but to include De Lima in the original list CJ nominees as well as standing by her. She is Aquino’s favorite attack dog who will bite anyone by way of breaking the law in ignoring TRO’s for him. So we all see that he has to back her up lest she reveal Aquino’s ill intents.

    • Don Dee

      Ho-hum… boring. Wala ka ng mahirit… bla bla bla… contra Aquino …  bla bla bla. All sound and fury signifying nothing. Yes, you are an idiot.

      • Your_King

        Unless you are ready to defend yourself i guess you have no choice but to be bored. The fact that you are bored yet still reply to my post signifies that you see some truth in Aquino’s false and failed promises. You blah yet you cannot refute my statements and rather blah blah your way to more excuses and name-calling…typical NoyNoyer!

      • LeoSanMig

          Don dee is right, it is just blah blah. You’re blinded by your misguided idolatry of GMA. And speaking of attack dogs, aren’t you one of the she-dwarf’s attack dogs yourself?   
           And how can one refute an idiotic statement that is not even close to factual? You’re beyond idiotic and you’re hopelessly stupid.

      • Your_King

        This is not about GMA vs. PNoy which is what you and Pnoy would like. This is about Aquino backing up his attack dog which is what i pointed out and i never said it was bad backing up your favorite attack dog…i just made a point. if you are defensive then maybe it is because you see the wrong in all that is happening.

    • jgl414567

       You are a loser and a sour graper and you are moronic!

  • Conrado de QUIYOT

    Mali ang diskarte ng abogado ng mga assasins..banggain nyo ang Sec. of Justice lalo kayong lulubog…kung ang Supreme Court sinuwag nyan kayo pa na nasa gilid ng bangin kung kredibilidad ang pag-uusapan

  • $14141131

    Have you heard of Pilipinos kidnapped in Algeria by Islamist militants and was freed together with British nationals? Other two Pilipinos were killed along with two Britons in a rescue attempt. There are still unaccounted foreign nationals staff of the In Amenas gas facility held by the kidnappers. I don’t know if Malacanang is aware of this.

    Algeria is near Libya.

  • tata_boy

    Baka naman tumulad ang mga iyan kay Lacson at Palparan oras na masampahan ng kaso, Pnoy huwag ka namang tutulog-tulog, matuto ka na.

  • RyanE

    PAOCC – we did not approve Oplan Armado..

    PNoy – there were “inconsistencies” between the claim of a shootout..

    Sec. De Lima – it was not “shootout”..

    Hmm.. by all means, they are not jumping the gun on investigators of the NBI, nor are they preempting the results of the investigation. WTF! Do you think the NBI investigators can afford to contradict their superior and Malacanang at that?

  • XY ZEE

    Dahan-dahan lang Baltik at baka madamay si ES sa mga statement mo.

  • florence457

    Well It’s but a normal reaction of guilty person(s) to overturn all stones along the path to look for a way out now that the door to their conviction is closing in. Questioning de Lima on her presence at the crime scene is irrelevant but that’s one trick on their sleeve. 

  • wawa2172

    Ms. Valte, nawawala ka yata sa sarili. After the shootout, you announce that the Atimonan shootout was a legitimate operation. Now that reality is clear that there is not shootout biglang kumabiyo yata si spokewoman at walang naalala..

  • AnastacioMamaril

    Stop na yang NBI investigation. Mayroon ng conclusion itong si De Lima. Waste of time. Nakakatawa talaga itong gobyerno natin.

  • Nic Legaspi

    Galing talaga ng gobyerno naten. Expert sa lahat. Hindi pa tapos investigation, may conclusion na… Student council government talaga.

    • scorpio15

      Nic Legaspi ikaw kaya ang mag-imbistiga para magiging makatotohanan.

  • $37644997

    The findings of NBI are final and to be disclosed few days from now.The fact finding mission(the re-enacment)proved to be true that the Marantan’s group are guilty of a crime based on the facts gathered by the NBI’s themselves with-out having to do with rumurs coming from PNP,Paoc,DOJ or Palace.Preemption by any department or words uttered before and after the the investigation have zero effect on NBI final reports.

  • Balahura

    She is just a spokeswoman(Valte), she will deliver the current issues on hand like that of the report of Melad and Marantan group, now that the side of the story changes, of course she is obliged to follow the path of truth because that is the way she is installed in that privilege!

    • Balahura

      Just comment if I am wrong

  • boybakal

    Palace STANDS BY DE  LIMA COMMENT on Quezon shooting….

    Question….is what De Lima was saying a comment or a Conclusion or Findings of the investigation.
    If you say Comment…that is her personal view and not the NBI or DOJ.
    And who else has the authority to comment and conclude than Secretary of Justice….De Lima.
    Very Confusing….
    Anyhow….Dedicated to De Lima from Palace.

    Stand by Me

    When the night has come and the land is dark
    And the moon is the only light we see
    No, I won’t be afraid, oh, I won’t be afraid
    Just as long as you stand, STAND BY ME

    So darling, darling, STAND BY ME,

  • KappaPhiPhi

    the thing is there was a discussion of the ops in malacanang.

  • agustin

    Who will believe these persons (palace). last week they said that it was a legitimate operation and now it was not legitimate. if they accused the Supreme court of flip flopping decision, the palace people is doing the same.

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