Cops, soldiers in ‘shootout’ detained; wounded officer submits affidavit

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OVERKILL A member of the National Bureau of Investigation forensic team examines marks left by a hail of bullets that hit this SUV and another vehicle, and killed all 13 onboard, including police officers and soldiers. Most of the bullets were believed to have been fired by a police-military team stationed at a checkpoint in Atimonan, Quezon. RAFFY LERMA

MANILA, Philippines—Twenty policemen involved in the Atimonan incident are now under the custody of the police in Camp Crame while 15 soldiers of the Army’s Special Forces who were part of an augmentation team are now restricted to quarters at the Army Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio.

Thirteen people were killed, including a police colonel, his two aides, two Air Force men, and Victor “Vic” Siman, an alleged jueteng operator, in the incident which the police initially said was a shoot-out with a gun-for-hire group.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has been tasked by President Aquino to investigate the killings that had left many questions even to the President himself.

 

‘Unassailable’ report

Mr. Aquino told the Inquirer in a chance interview earlier this week that he wants an “unassailable” report by the NBI.

NBI investigators led by Danielito Lalusi and Frederico Criste arrived in Camp Crame late Friday afternoon and proceeded to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Hospital where Police Superintendent Hansel Marantan, the leader of the police team in the Atimonan incident, is now confined.

Marantan will undergo therapy for the gunshot wounds he allegedly sustained during the shoot-out.

“We didn’t ask him any questions. He just submitted his affidavit,” NBI special investigator Frederico Criste told reporters.

From the hospital they proceeded to the Kiangan Hall, a lodging for policemen, where 20 of the 22 policemen involved in the Atimonan incident are staying. The 22 policemen are now facing administrative charges.

Lalusi said that 10 policemen, including Marantan, submitted their affidavits yesterday.

 

Very cooperative

“They are all very cooperative,” Lalusi said, adding that of the 22 policemen involved, only one has yet to submit his affidavit because he has yet to consult with his lawyer.

Lalusi said the policemen’s affidavits would help the NBI determine the position of each policeman at the scene as investigators are reconstructing the incident—what happened before, during and after.

“We got their statements to find out what was the participation of each one. The investigation cannot be a sweeping one. We have to find out from each soldier and policeman where there were at that time and their individual participation,” said Criste.

Criste said NBI agents have also spoken to the members of the Army’s Special Forces (SF) who were part of an augmentation team requested by the police on Jan. 6.

Fifteen soldiers are now restricted to quarters at the Army Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio.

 

‘Factual account’

“They (soldiers) gave a factual account what they saw and what they heard,” Criste said.

Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista told the Inquirer in a text message that the military is waiting for the results of the NBI investigation when asked if the Special Forces officers and men would face administrative charges.

“Our SF troopers concerned are still placed on restricted to quarters status for the purpose of the ongoing investigations of the NBI… Since they are restricted to quarters, they cannot go on operation nor undergo training exercises,” Burgos said.

The soldiers’ leaves and rest and recreation privileges have also been cancelled, he added.

Burgos said the Special Forces troopers “will be made available each time the investigating authorities summon them to appear for questioning.”

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  • kayanatwo

    25jan2013

    nobody asked me, but….all these “pulis-patola would have the same story.  they all had the time to confer each other in order to corroborate their stories to what, who, where, when, why and how it  happened in re to the atimonan shoot out. 

    just the look of it on 10 “pulis-patola that submitted an affidavit on the same day, and 20 of them lodging together in kiangan hall looks to me a ‘lutong-makaw” is in the making again.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T42Q37DX5BRWJ5NRYTBC2DXUAU Jols – batman Robin

    sa wakas nabawasan din ang mga katulad nina SIMAN………………

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3UAABFPUE5ZKBXOAGLWL6POGWU joel genese

    The soldiers’ leaves and rest and recreation privileges have also been cancelled, he added.
    Bakit naman wala silang recreation. Akala ba restricted lang. Hindi dapat magdusa ang mga sundalo sa pagsunod lang sa utos ng kanilang nakatataas. Buhay nga naman. Yung mga mastermind sa gawaing kriminal hindi man lang mapingot sa tainga. Yung mga mababa, sila ang pinagdudusa.

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

    mga pulis sa pilipinas utak pulbura!! di mo alam kung ano nangyari puro gunggong taon taon lagi ganyan ang trabaho ng mga pulis na ito pumatay ng enosente tao kulang sa traning pulis patola

    • Komen To

      Not all! Maybe most but definitely not all of them

      • bagongpnoi

        i would say all of them……coz its from top to bottom, one policeman could be clean but if his/her officer told him/her to do so, he/ she can not say no, sir yes sir. PNP is a big Joke! Senate/Congress are all drama king and queen! And we the audience are all nauseated/vomited of all of these!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5TENDBNOVQRJEKFPV76D2N4XUM Socorro

    I hope the media will not stop reporting the truth about this case. But I’m afraid the media is now cooling down on this issue, parang nakakalimutan na. Everybody is looking at the Enrile vs Cayetano and company issue. Now the police and the AFP are happy kasi mukhang makakalusot na, the same with DOJ and NBI.

    • aSwedishguy

       “I hope the media will not stop reporting the truth about this case”

      It do not matter how much media reporting about all the Mafia happenings in The Philippines,,, From arrest to conviction and trial it takes 1000 years if ever,, soon you need to have stand by suites at Shangri-La to harbor all bribing  scumbags

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5TENDBNOVQRJEKFPV76D2N4XUM Socorro

    Even Roxas who is the DILG head and in charge of the policemen is very quiet on this issue, kasama nyang tahimik ang Malacañan, when right after the incident they are very quick to reply, bakit ngayon tahimik sila lahat ng nabuko.

  • aSwedishguy

    Even in the Sicilian mafias strongest days in the 50 th’s should look like crying baby´s compared to the Philippine PNP today,, PH Pulis and PNP is a big joke

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