Cops, soldiers in Quezon shooting told to cooperate with NBI


Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Justice Secretary Leila De Lima urged police officers and soldiers involved in the shooting incident in Atimonan, Quezon that killed 13 people to cooperate with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and save themselves from possible charges.

“We’re giving them chance to cooperate and possibly be considered state witnesses. I’m directing such appeal to the enlisted men or the lower-ranked operatives involved in the operations. We assured them of their safety,” she told reporters at the DOJ Monday.

She assured that with genuine cooperation, the government will ensure their safety.

“If that happens, the government assures him or them, as the case maybe, of their safety and proper treatment,” she said.

De Lima gave the statement after the police and military insisted before the NBI that the operation that led to the death of three policement, 3 soldiers and an environmentalist was legitimate.

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  • Eljay


  • RyanE

    “De Lima gave the statement after the police and military insisted before
    the NBI that the operation that led to the death of three policemen, 3
    soldiers and an environmentalist was legitimate.”

    Is it cooperation that the DOJ Secretary demands or she wants the police and military to say what she wants to hear?

  • Guest

    Sounds like a deal with the young rookies to testify against the officers and avoid charges, even if they did pull the trigger. 

    Bringing up the question, can a murderer go free because he was just taking orders?

    The Nuremberg war crimes trials didn’t share that view and hung Nazi war criminals regardless of rank because they knew as we all know what is right and wrong.

    Does De Lima know it’s right to do a proper  investigation rather than conducting a calculated extortion attempt to pit soldier against soldier?


  • Jhune

    Di nga ba Laila ang pangalan ng nagpahamak kay Samson kaya kahit anong pag aamin ng mga pulis at militar na legitimate ang operation ay pinipilit niyang hindi. 

  • Rosauro

    I can’t believe this!

  • Ike

    The operation is legitimate!! It was signed by Melad, Dumlao & Marantan. PAOCC knows about it and it was coordinated to the local PNP and Army SAF. There is no question about the legitimacy of the Operation(Coplan). It is how they executed it that is illegitemate. It is not done in proper procedures, used unnecessary excessive force and scene of the crime was tampered. They should stop questioning the legitimacy of the operation and concentrate on why Marantan & co did what they had done. They should look whether Marantan did it in his own accord or he is just implementing an order from a higher up. Is he the brains or is he just the trigger finger.

  • Jols – batman Robin

     wow…….high moral ung mga criminal… only in the philippines……

  • Mamang Pulis

    define canon fodder :   I’m directing such appeal to the enlisted men or the lower-ranked operatives involved in the operations
    unless binenta nyo na yun badge nyo na ‘ranger’—-eh siguro bahala na kayo mga bok,..,sandali nyo rin lang ma enjoy yan tinanggap nyo na pera kung nagkataon nga na totoo na kasabwat kayo.wag nyo na asahan yun mga parak na kasama nyo at ibang lengwahe alam nyan…..ilaglag kayo.

  • palakasantayo

    This case is getting out of hand. I truly believe it was personal between Marantan and Siman. Marantan was after the head of Siman and Siman knew that. So, when Marantan saw Siman in the SUV, he decided to hit him first. Unahan lang. Kaya lang, sorry na lang yung mga kasama… they all became collateral damage.

  • Your_King

    This all stems from Aquino’s selective justice system. He’s created his own brand of justice where any person of authority can just go after any supposed crooked individual in any apparent manner. Right or wrong…they wanted Siman and as long as he was got then it doesn’t matter if protocol was followed.

  • padrefaura

    please stop using “state witnesses” dahil usually false witnesses mga yan. 
    they are apply as witnesses para hindi makasuhan.panahon pa ni hesus ang pagamit ng mga testigo. niluma na ang sistema na yan ng panahon. its time to use MORE forensic evidence rather than state witnesses. 

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Aasa ka na aamin ang mga yan? GOOD LUCK! suhulan mo ng pera at pagkatapos immigrant visa sa ibang bansa ang pamilya sigurado mag-aagawan ang mga yan!

  • Oscarbeng Castaneda

    What cooperation does De Lima needs???  For the soldiers to admit the killing??? Mayroon namang investigation lead by NBI, bakit hiundi na lang tapusin ang investigation. Bakit hindi na lang tumahimik si De Lima and leave it to the investigators.

    • opinyonlangpo


  • batangsulpok

    Kung talagang tapat sa tungkulin si General Bautista na bagong AFP Chief at PA Commander nang mangyari ang Atimonan, dapat i-direct niya ang mga sundalo na magpa-imbestiga para walang masabing cover-up pero ang problema ay pagtatakpan niya ang mga PMAers tulad ni General Luga na siyang Division Commander at si Lt. Colonel Abang.  Puwede itong itulad sa Basilan massacre ng 19 marines na ni-relieve ang mga matataas na opisyal pero natabunan na rin ang kaso dahil puro PMAers ang sangkot kaya kahit anong gawin ni de Lima, pag walang go-signal kay Bautista, hindi mangangahas ang mga sundalo dahil may kasabihan sa military na OBEY FIRST BEFORE YOU COMPLAIN.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Reluctance of the cops and soldiers to cooperate with the investigation only shows that they have something to hide. They are all guilty of murder.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Cooperation should have been ordered at the onset by the AFP and PNP ranking officials. Hindi tulad neto na parang walang cooperation and AFP, DOJ, At DILG

  • joshmale2004

    If the accounts of the 2 direct civilian witnesses and the ballistic and circumstancial evidences support the re enactment theory, then these should be enough to convict the murderers without the need of state witnesses. Lagi na lang umaasa ang DOJ sa state witnesses kaya walang na co convict sa mga kaso nila. State Witnesses can backfire against government prosecutors pag nabutasan ng defense ang mga statements nila. I thought sabi ni De Lima kahit di na magbigay statement si Marantan ay malakas ang kaso nila tapos sasabihin pa niyang magbibigay siya ng chance sa mga pulis to tell the truth. Bakit ngayon kailangan pa nila ng state witnesses. Ibig sabihin, mahina pa ang kanilang hawak na evidence. Kung tumatama re enactment nila plus yung witnesses nila sa totoong nangyari, sa direct at cross examination pa lang tiyak na laglag na mga involved.


      Hindi na kailangan ang maraming che che buritsi. Ikulong agad si Ochoa. Siya ang hepe ng PAOCC na siyang may pakana ng lahat. Isali na rin ang bossing niyang Abnoy.

      • joshmale2004

        Is that the kind of justice and judicial process you want legalized in our system?

  • Colokoy

    “ I’m directing such appeal to the enlisted men or the lower-ranked operatives involved in the operations”. wala ka tlaga ilong parang sinabi mo na ang mga enlisted men walang prinsipyo, di ba ayon sa kanila legitimate ang nangyaring barilan..

    • superpilipinas

      ayon sa kanila? he-he-he. yung mga spokesman?

      he-he-he. kung alam nilang pwede silang tutumbahin sila ng kapwa nilang anak ng jueteng na pulis o sundalo, syempre di pwedeng di sila makisama!

      bigyan mo sila ng proteksyon, kakanta yan!

      sino ba naman gustong makulong dahil sa kalokohan ng mga bosing!

  • superpilipinas

    It’s a good way to help them get off the mess their commanding officers have done.

    But appeal and invitation first before protection is the wrong way.

    Who will move without protection? Any little sign of intention will get them killed!

    Secure them and their families first, then let them talk.

  • doublecross

    TIGNAN  ninyo yon itsura nung kotse, re-align silang dalawa…tsk…tsk…tsk…ambushed and rubout!

  • $37644997

    It would have been ligitimate if they were after the NPA and Abu Sayaff gangs.Sad to say but this was a jealousy outrage against Siman.

  • superpilipinas

    Mar needs to do these things:

    1. Acquire a number of mobile and personal police video recorders. All regions should have several sets. First priority will be in use for planned operations and encounters. Second priority will be for high crime rate areas. Third priority will be for all the others to use on a rotating sharing scheme.

    2. Setup independent anti-police/military corruption agency. It should be given targets on how many succesful convictions they achieve. Give them advanced equipment and send them to FBI and HK ICAC for training. Their salary raise and promotion will depend on their performance. Only Mar, De Lima, and Rosales should be privy to the organization and its operations.

    3. Improve scene of the crime and forensic investigations. Hire experienced foreigners for 6 years to train the local trainers and establish rules for scene of the crime handling. Police and soldiers should be made liable and suffer severe penalty (up to 5 years in jail and discharge from service) for not following scene of crime preservation or evidence tampering.

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    01. Why is de Lima appealing to cops and soldiers to cooperate? This seems to belie her earlier statement that Marantan’s story is already useless. Doesn’t NBI have enough evidence after the ocular inspection of the crime scene in Quezon? . Don’t they have the 3rd and 4th eyewitnesses who were in the truck? Which is which?

    02.Three weeks into this massacre, the news has subsided. That’s how news cycle goes. In time, this case will be obscured by other news.

    03. State witness? Unless the gov’t can offer the witnesses’ family asylum abroad immediately, it would too risky to turn state witness. Learn from the mistakes of Kuratong Baleleng. The two top key witnesses in that case, Mr. delos Reyes and Ms. dela Cruz, eventually had to run for their lives and seek asylum in Canada. That case dragged on for 17 years. Had they chosen to stay the course, they would have wasted 17 years of their lives and their families’ lives too inside the witness protection program (inside the NBI compound) as paupers relying on what little budget the state could provide.

  • disqusted0fu

    After all the lies by our government, the police officers are having a hard time entrusting their lives to them. The Atimonan incident is obviously an ambush that was purportedly approved by a government body. If these officers tell the truth, same thing could be done to them.

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