Calamba City residents suspect another rubout in November 2012

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CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, Philippines — The initial findings in the investigation of the gun-slaying of 13 people in Atimonan, Quezon province, on Jan. 6, have bolstered the suspicions of some residents here that a similar event that happened here two months ago was also a police rubout.

Residents living near the site of the supposed clash between policemen and six alleged guns-for-hire noticed similarities between the Atimonan killings and the supposed “shootout” in Barangay (village) Lecheria here on Nov. 6, 2012.

Interestingly, both police operations were led by Superintendent Hansel Marantan, who was sacked as deputy intelligence chief of the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) police following the Atimonan fatal shooting.

Among those killed in the Calamba encounter was Nestor “JR” Banog Jr., who was identified by Philippine Daily Inquirer sources in the Philippine National Police (PNP) as a trusted lieutenant of Victor “Vic” Siman, the alleged operator of the illegal numbers game “jueteng” who was killed in the Quezon shooting.

The killing of Banog purportedly triggered the bad blood between Siman’s group and Marantan.

Like what happened to the 13 people killed in Quezon, the six men who were slain in Calamba were stopped at a police checkpoint manned by policemen under Marantan’s supervision.

“Hearing how the ‘shootout’ took place in Quezon really gave me goose bumps because it was very similar to what had happened here,” said a woman, who asked not be named for security reasons.

The woman, who said she was just 30 meters away from the site of the shooting, said that both encounters in Calamba and Quezon occurred at checkpoints set up away from populated areas, an apparent violation of PNP protocol on conducting checkpoint operations.

Another resident, a man in his 30s, said he did not hear an exchange of gun fire, contrary to what then Laguna police director, Senior Supt. Fausto Manzanilla, claimed.

Instead, the residents said the gunshots sounded as if it was coming from only one direction.

“Anyone can tell how an exchange of gun fire would have sounded. What we heard during that morning was just coming from one direction,” the man said, adding that the gun shots only lasted “less than two minutes.”

The residents also contradicted the previous report of the local police that a car chase ensued when the vehicle that Banog and his companions were riding in refused to stop at the checkpoint.

“If a car chase really happened, then we would have heard tires screeching. The vehicle of the supposed criminals would have also hit the police signage,” the man said.

The woman said it was not the first time that a fire fight between the police and suspected criminals occurred in the area, an uphill concrete road connecting the city proper of Calamba and the main national highway.

Like what happened in Quezon, the residents said the policemen who shot Banog and his group were not in uniform, another violation of the PNP policy.

They said the policemen in civilian clothes also instructed them to “hide and stay inside their house” before and after the shooting.

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  • Trisikad Driver

    hwag mag uniform, para sabihin NPA ang tumira….cg lang…weather, weather lang..

  • Mamang Pulis

    may kamay si boy bawang roxas dito—

    • scorpio15

      Mamang Pulis baka mga Kamay mo yan dahil Pulis ka. Huwag Magturo baka Manunu.

      • Mamang Pulis

        aw–batu bati sa langit tamaan wak magagalit—-:))

  • Commentator

    So much problem with jueteng. Just legalize it and so much problem will be solve.

  • uugodugod

    d naman papayag i-legalize yan kasi d wala na huhulihin at kung wala na huhulihin wala ng magbibigay ng lagay o intelhensya.syndicated operation ito…dapat wala ng tumaya,bakit ang mga iba relihyon ang miyembro nila ayaw tumaya? dto c bisyap dapat mangaral sa miyembro ..ay lagi ng papogi ng papogi…ay!!!

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

    Sana masama ito sa investigation ng NBI. Cold blooded murderer lumalabasa itong Hansel maratnan in the disguise of coplan kopong kopong.

  • opinyonlangpo

    These police are really scary. Just how many more killings like these goes unreported? Its always best to avoid the police and checkpoints(a.k.a. killingpoints).

  • etomacq

    Si Manratrat ang tunay na GUN FOR HIRE. Sigurado malaking halaga ang bayad sa kanya sa pagtumba kay Siman at grupo nya. Sa dami mong atraso, malamang sa kulungan or sementeryo bagsak mo.

  • koaks2

    nag iisip na yan paano tumakas. 

  • Rovingmoron

    Where are the Bayan Patrollers? They must take a cell video of criminal incidents happening in their midst. At least, video footages can serve as a strong evidence against these crime perpetrators.

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