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Melad: He can’t recall what Marantan wore at Atimonan shooting

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Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) regional director of the Philippine National Police, Chief Supt. James Melad,speaks in a news conference at the National Bureau of Investigation Headquarters in Manila on Wednesday for the investigation of the Atimonan encounter, killing 13 people in an alleged shootout between government security forces and alleged criminals.INQUIRER / NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

CAMP VICENTE LIM, Philippines – Chief Superintendent James Melad, the former director of the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) police, who rushed to the site of a supposed gun battle with alleged criminals in Atimonan, Quezon on January 6, on Friday said he could not remember what Supt. Hansel Marantan was wearing when he saw the wounded intelligence officer in the hospital.

Marantan, was the relieved deputy chief of intelligence of the Calabarzon police and leader of the police team at the checkpoint in Atimonan where the supposed shootout happened.

“He was wearing [denim] pants but they looked like the doctors had cut them because of the shots – gunshot wounds – in his knees,” Melad said in a phone interview.

What Marantan was wearing became vital after witnesses on Thursday told Justice Secretary Leila de Lima during the reenactment by the National Bureau of Investigation, that a man who was wearing an olive drab jacket over an orange striped shirt was the one who gave the order to fire.

Asked what else Marantan wore, Melad replied, “I don’t recall.”

Melad and Senior Supt. Valeriano de Leon, former Quezon provincial police chief, rushed to the checkpoint site in Atimonan, but first went to a local hospital in Lucena City in Quezon after learning that Marantan had been shot.

“I thought he was already dead,” Melad said in Filipino.

“[Marantan] was trying to tell me what happened [but] he was having [difficulty] speaking because he was in pain,” Melad said.

In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Tuesday, Marantan recalled being hit before he fell to the ground. Some of the policemen carried him away and the firing started.

“I believe that triggered the gunfight when they saw me, their ground commander, gunned down. There was even no time to order fire,” he said.

Marantan said he passed out after being hit. He regained consciousness on the way to hospital, he said.

“I called up RD (Regional Director Melad). I said, ‘Sir, I was outsmarted. I was hit,’” Marantan said in English and Filipino.

Marantan said he was in civvies because he was carrying out an intelligence operation.

“A good operation does not require all operatives to be in uniform because you need to blend with the community,” he said.

The Inquirer on Friday tried to contact Marantan for comment on the NBI findings, particularly the eyewitnesses’ accounts, but the calls to him went unanswered.

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Tags: Atimonan Shooting , Chief Supt. James Melad , quezon shooting , Supt. Hansel Marantan

  • superlucky2

    Cige Melad pag-takpan mo ang mga criminal mong tao. Pare-parehas lang kayo ng mga tao mo. palpak

    • indiosbravos2002

      At pareparehas rin sila sasablay, makakasuhan, mawawalan ng trabaho at makukulong.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FQQPZLNOMD2EBFTHSWOP6QGZWY Marshall

    Tangna ..mahilig sigurong manood ng mga  pelikula ni Al Pacino at Robert deNiro itong mga sepyak n to.swak na swak ang mga istorya   ..parang pelikulang mafiosi ang dating…

  • botets

    Melad has dementia? A cop is usually very good remembering details.. Pano kaya nakaakyat sa ganitong rango to.. orange colored shirt pa naman so kakaiba.. Parang nawala na sa imbestigasyon si Dumlao.. Lakas talaga ni pinky ping ke prisidinti tsk tsk tuwid na daan kaso me kurbada hehe

  • opinyonlangpo

    The lies are starting to pour in. Its up for the public to sift for truth in it if there is any.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

    this Melad  is another rotten egg in the in the uniform. balk pa pagtakpan ang Marantan.

    susme naman. ginagago nyo taong bayan Police Melad

  • tata_boy

    Dapat kasama si Melad sa chain of command kung talagang may daang matuwid.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Kung ang NBI ay mabilis ang pagkilos at kunin agad ang kopya ng mga CCTV cameras sa St. Lukes simula nung dinala siya duon at para mapagtibay kung siya nga yung nakasuot ng damit na sinasabi ng mga testigo….siguro naman high resolution ang CCTV ng st. lukes dahil paborito takbuhan yan ng mga mayayaman at mga tumatakbo sa batas! Ilagay niyo sa ayos ang pag-iimbestiga para hindi masilipan ng technicalities! BUWISIT!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZKME5EXCJMYKLDSCJNQ2SVKHV4 John

    mga bobong polis!

  • D3marketers

    Heto na naman, bakit ba naging heneral pa ito mahina naman pala ang memory. Kahit kulay ng damit ng ground commander mo who is directly in charge of that operation di mo matandaan? Dyoskopo! Kung ang tanong ay kung ano ang  kulay ng brief na suot ni Marantan noong syay nagpunta sa checkpoint aba eh malamang 100% ng taumbayan maniniwala na nagsasabi ng totoo ang lispo na ito pero kung kulay ng damit di matandaan, aba ewan

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

      you cannot be a police intelligence if you cannot remember even the color of the clothes worn by criminals like you

    • chingnarciso

      Iyan ang tinatawag na selective memories,saka lang alam kung gusto nya ang tinatanong.

    • eirons1043

      syempre hindi niya matatandaan kasi bata niya si Maratnan at malamang eh nakaparte na siya sa mga nakaraang operasyon. Di bale meron naman sigurong CCTV iyong hospital kaya makikita ang damit ni Maratnan nuong dumating.

  • bryant85

    Melad. The suspicion of rub out due to gambling turf has been sealed to be true by your lying that you can’t recall what Marantan wore during the crime scene. Your statement is too difficult to believe not unless you have the forgetting sickness though, but first a competent doctor has to confirm it.

    This tall story or subterfuge you made points to a direction that you’re the boss of these illegal gambling protectors or may even be the principal partner of the gambling lord, that’s why you ordered Marantan to kill Siman and his groups since they’re invading your territory. Consemino and the rest were the collateral damages not Marantan as he claimed.

    Melad, you got hooked by your own lie.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYCOAGIL35OAIRH2T6QH3IZUMY Ike

    Marantan, You dont pass out by being hit in the arms and legs. Bullet travel so fast that sometimes the adrenaline rush wont make you  realize that youve been hit until you see your blood. If your hit on your vital parts ie lungs, chest, heart or head then thats another story. Even if I hit you with a baseball bat in the arms or legs you wont pass out. Better stick to your tactics of not speaking out, you’ll just sink deeper and your draging the whole PNP with you.

    • Simon Ward

      You’re absolutely right. I also find this hard to believe:

      “”[Marantan] was trying to tell me what happened [but] he was having [difficulty] speaking because he was in pain,” Melad said.”

      I can’t imagine pain in the limbs that would make it difficult to speak. Well, maybe if someone asked me a question while a 19th-century surgeon were in the process of sawing my leg off …

  • dani77777

    Scripted, tailored to fit Marantan’s statements.

    Nonetheless, however much they try to jibe their false testimonies, there would be inconsistencies they can’t explain. That’s why they simply say that they cannot remember.

    They will find it hard to be candid also because they have to wait what the other says so as not to be contradictory.

    Cornered, they will never admit to their guilt. That’s the ways of the beasts, the berdugos.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PQPOCGSITYMSD2UTYIN4TJP56U Rene

     “Marantan said he was in civvies because he was carrying out an intelligence operation.

    “A good operation does not require all operatives to be in uniform because you need to blend with the community,” he said.”….putsa nagcheckpoint gustong magblend in sa community? lokohin mo lelong mo…

  • cowboys2

    Kahit batang musmos alam ang kinikita ng mga opisyal sa jueteng from collector to kabo, konsehal, chief of police, mayor at lalo na ang regional director. Sa isang maliit na bayan sa Batangas  ang share ng Mayor sa jueteng ay minimum 300k every month. Sus ginoo! Buti di naka-karma ang mga hunayupak…..sana kunin na sila ni Lord.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Marantan said he passed out after being hit. He regained consciousness on the way to hospital, he said.

    “I called up RD (Regional Director Melad). I said, ‘Sir, I was outsmarted. I was hit,’” Marantan said in English and Filipino.

    Marantan said he was in civvies because he was carrying out an intelligence operation.

    Passed out eh kamay at paa lang ang tama mo para ka hindi dumaan sa matinding training sa pagpupulis at kung anu-ano pa…..

    “Sir, I was outsmarted” hahaha ito lang ang hepe ng intelligence na naisahan daw kuno……….

    He was civies eh ano ang saysay ng intelligence niyo kung ora-orada operasyon? Alam mo ang SOP at ang consequences nito pero tinuloy mo pa rin dahil ba may basbas ng boss mo o mga boss ng boss mo kaya wala kayo pakialam…………

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

      “Sir, I was outsmarted” ……….that’s why I only killed 13 people……..i forgot to kill the guys in the truck watching……

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWISP2YXGDQ7K2SIX2GI37B2EI Darwin

    POOTANG INAANG intel chief ito. Naturingan ka pang INTELLIGENCE chief. Sibakin na yan at wag bigyan ng kahit anumang benepisyo. Halatang madami nang nakulimbat yan sa mga secret business nya.

  • palakasantayo

    My goodness Melad, how did you become a police officer in the first place? One of the qualities of a police officer is to be very “observant” especially in an extraordinary situation. You should be sacked of your command too… inutil.

  • NoWorryBHappy

    This investigation is now being turned into a circus.
    Cover ups, amnesia, tampering of evidence and perhaps another wheelchair on the horizon.
    The NBI and DA must act swiftly to get to the truth and get justice done.
    If this was indeed a turf war, with one group of policemen protecting gambling lord
    Vic Siman and another group protecting another gambling lord, the police organization
    needs to be reorganized from top to bottom. Earlier reports indicate that the Calabarzon police chief signed the order to kill and then left for a shooting competition. What does that speak of the kind of discipline that our police commanders have ? That is why he is clueless on the details of
    the operation that’s gone amok. If the leadership is undisciplined, what do you expect of the subordinates ? This whole operation was a tragedy and a waste of the people’s taxes.


  • boybakal

    Melad: He can’t recall what Marantan wore at Atimonan shooting…

    Ganyan naman ang mga Police.
    Pagkatapos pumatay, nagkakaroon ng Amnesia.
    Parang pagkatapos labasan, balewala na…putok lang ng putok.

    • ryan andres

      Tama ka jan. Puros magpaputok lang ng maliit nilang baril ang alam nitong mga kamoteng pulpulis naten. Marunong nga magpaputok, di naman alam saan nila ipuputok…

      hehehe kaya marami rin silang anak sa labas…

  • ryan andres

    Supotintendent Meladramatic. Ambobo mo naman. Gagawa ka na lang ng palusot, selective amnesia pa ang ginamit mo. Kamote ka talagang pulpulis!

  • boybakal

    Ano bang Kapolisan meron tayo…
    Si Marantan mahilig Manratrat, tong si Melad, mahilig Maglaglag, Meladlad.
    Tong si Dumlao, DimLaw,.madilim na batas, Doomlaw…doomed to die if you cross his path.
    Meron pa pala si Abang Tambang.

  • Horst Manure

    never let the truth stand in the way of a good story.

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

    Can someone just shoot this guy (Marantan),  He is hopelessly an idiot than don’t deserved to be alive.

    Oh yeah, shoot Melad too, maybe he will start to recall something when he’s fighting for his life.

  • barako22

    dapat kasuhan na ng murder si melad isa yan sa utak ng massacre 

  • opinyonlangpo

    From the looks of it, Melad is the mastermind.

  • $37644997

    They can do anything to cover their wounds but the NBI will uncover them for the truth of matter.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XJ6M3EEK5LGN77YOMKJHBCXF7Q jeronimo

    Dumlao and Ochoa seems to be getting out of the picture, melad will be the fall guy?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    Asked what else Marantan wore, Melad replied, “I don’t recall.”…..bakit wala ba kayo mga cellphone to picture all of you before the rubout? Do you think all the 25 soldiers will also answer the same  “I don’t recall.”…hehehehe ohohohoho 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/T6GMEVMFGMPISWTCKSZLMIA4KQ Nelia

    gusto yata mag-artista nitong mga pulis na ito, galing ninyo magdrama. tigilan nyo na di bagay sa inyo. nakakasuka.

  • titod

    Eh si Ninoy, sino nga ba talaga bumaril ?

    • scorpio15

      Hindi kaya Ikaw???

  • XY ZEE

    Try to remember the cadet code Supt. Melad
    “A cadet does not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do so”.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Sa dami ng malalaki at magagandang ospital na dinaanan from Atimonan, Quezon to Metro Manila, ay St Luko pa ang pinili ni Maratrat. Bakit kaya?
    Sana yung pumalit sa nasibak na si Melad ay buwagin na ang jueteng.

    • $23455908

      May doctore frend siya doon na puwedeng mag lie about his situation. Kuha mo. another thing, sino ang nagdala sa kanya sa hospital? Ambulance ba? ewan ko, baka frend den.

    • Pedro_Gil

      Sa ospital na yan ang puntahan ng mga kurap na tao. magkamaganak si marantan at si mike arroyo sa jueteng.

  • koaks2

    sige magtakipan kayo mga amalayers

    • don alto

      hahaha … in fairview, napatawa mo akow!! ….. galing mow Man!

  • http://enria.org/ scconcern

    MELAD SHOULD BE FIRED. If this happened in America he will be charge for unbecoming an officer, negligence and obstruction of justice, “not to recall” every detail of the crime, especially he is a senior officer. There is aprotocol he should know and follow….clear indication he is protecing his fellow kleptocrat.
    Is he colored blind, just playing dump or really stupid. Ilang araw palang nalimutan agad. These are kind of people not needed in police.

    • $23455908

      Cover up ano pa, cover up among themselves as in Ninoy’s assasination.

    • John_Cruz

      Gen. Melad is probably the consultant and protector of the other Jueteng Gang and just using Col. Marantan as the fall guy. I think there is something more sinister than Jueteng war ongoing.


    Melad: He can’t recall what Marantan wore at Atimonan shooting.

    Wait, uttered Melad, “I think Marantan wore a black panty.”

  • concern_filipino

    With all the publicities Melad and Marantan are getting, we are looking at most likely a future politicians. Maybe future Congressmen or Seanators.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KAGAOIBHOROFBZW3ATJLXHKLQU MaR A

    If I know, these people have already formulated their stories given the slow pace of the investigation. From those army men involved to this Marantan and the other police officers involved. Everywhere you go, government offices and its employees have no sense of urgency.

  • anu12345

     Asked what else Marantan wore, Melad replied, “I don’t recall.”

    Either he is telling the truth (which could happen) or he does not want to give credence to the witness’s statement

  • $14170612

    he wore t back

  • $20722540

    magaling talaga si maratrat…kong naka civilian clothes ka wala dapat sa checkpoint, yes or no???

  • noyab


    • John_Cruz

      PNP Doctrine if you kill you get promoted. I learned  this from an ex-PNP officer who is now in US.  This ex-PNP resigned because he is till decent has morality. Good news Gen . Purisima will aboilish PNP counter-intelligence. The AFP has now an alibi why they fired first. They fired first only in the air as warning shots. How do they explain 250 plus bullet holes on the SUVs. LOL.

    • don alto

      Hindi po !!

      PNP=Pahingi ng Pera

  • zidyay

    I am truly baffled why Inquirer still talk to and report about what Marantan . It is clear as the light of day that he is covering up what exactly happened. He denied to cooperate with NBI investigators and preferred to talk to members of media who has no say at all in prosecuting the perpetrators of this massacre. Marantan is lying; Melad  is lying. Their answers to questions raised by reporters will not even passed as credible to kindergarten pupils.It is complete waste of time giving this people even a minute of attention.

  • boybakal

    Melad: He can’t recall what Marantan WORE at Atimonan shooting…

    I will give a clue to Supt.Melad at the time of shooting.
    Marantan is a Police Officer, He was on Duty at the time of the Shooting, He knew that the victims were coming, He was directing operation, He had his guns, he was in the checkpoint.

    Therefore, Melad was in Police Uniform at the time of shooting, either Khaki or fatigue.
    If he was not in Uniform, he was not in duty and he should not be in the Checkpoint.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FIECIGZZXJ24L5KKZX5AJTCLXI Juan

    It seems the “inteligence report about gun for hire activities” is true. all the targets have been liquidated as well as some witnesses already silenced. makes you think about previous incidents like this where some poor-passersby who were at the wrong place and time were allegedly accidentally killed may actually have been killed bcoz they saw what happened during the “shoot-out” AMBUSH!…. these are indeed gun for hire activities. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FIECIGZZXJ24L5KKZX5AJTCLXI Juan

    if organized crime is under a legitimized organization only GOD can help all of us

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYCOAGIL35OAIRH2T6QH3IZUMY Ike

    Marantan, nobody passes out from just being hit in an arm & legs, you really wont and nobody does.
    Not unless, you were fired upon, got hit in the arm, blood spurt out, then you look at it and screamed: AYYYYYYYYYY…….DUGO….. DHUGWOOOOOO!!!!!!!……. then you pass out.

    • don alto

      Hahaha!!! … Ok na sana story ….kaso medyo naging OA na sa bandang huli ….LOL!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYCOAGIL35OAIRH2T6QH3IZUMY Ike

        The only posible explanation for you to pass out from a arm and leg wound in the heat of a firefight is if your a half pinoy/half pinay and your afraid of blood. If it was BB Gandanghari giving that statement, then it will not be questionable.

  • Markov Chain

    may auto aim ang mga baril nitong nasa militar…kahit “on the air” ang tinira, sa mga nasa SUV pa rin tumama! patay pa lahat…..magaling siguro ang mga ito sa counter strike!!! ibala sa mga insik yan….d na kailangan ng mga mamahaling eroplano at barko…auto aim!!!

  • jaydeetee1


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYCOAGIL35OAIRH2T6QH3IZUMY Ike

    Why was Marantan so cocky and so brazen? And why was Melad trying to cover up the mess Marantan had created. Was the Atimonan debacle a result of Marantan trying to eliminate Siman for what ever reason, or was he just following orders from someone higher than him. As a field grade office of Marantans rank, you will not be so brazen, cocky, reckless and stupid at thesame time to throw your life and your career like that if there is no one higher than you to cover your back and clean up your mess. We all know that Provincial Commanders and Regional Directors benefits from jueteng. Gen Melad  should know what LtCol Marantan is up to. He is either part of it, or he dont desrve the star on his shoulder and the position that he was in.

    • diamond_digger

       Those two SBs should be banished from the force and locked-up in jail for rthe rest of their natural life. Shall we wait for more innocent lives to be sacrificed by these Son@3**ss@@@ss) before we decisively act on them.

  • Rovingmoron

    There’s a good reason for PNP Chief Alan Purisima to sack or dismiss Melad from the service. Why? Because he is slowly suffering from dementia. There’s no use to retain a police official from the service if he is suffering from this kind of ailment. It is short of saying that Melad has a blessing in whatever Marantan and his group do. Melad said in the previous interview at the NBI that he couldn’t exactly remember the content of the Coplan. What?

  • Komen To

    Passed out after being hit in the leg and arm, did not remember the contents of Coplan, the clothes his man was wearing, aynaku. Better watch James Bond movie. If this is a movie, I will be the first to shout -“isoli ang pera”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ELGS2BPKJKG5PDWJAOOCF7K5KI Albert

    Can’t remember what the two of them did, said, wore or even the day….but they remember every tiny, tiny detail what the victims did.

  • vanguard61

    Checkpoint!…..este checkmate pala. sorry.

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