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There was no shootout and an attempt at a cover-up by some of his subordinates  in the massacre of 13 persons in Atimonan, Quezon province, according to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima.

Purisima thus bolstered the statement made earlier by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima that there was no shootout in the Atimonan incident.

The findings of the PNP, which conducted its own investigation into the incident, will surely match that of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

The NBI has gathered witnesses, including soldiers who took part in the police-military operation, who said that  investigators who arrived at the scene tampered with pieces of evidence to make it appear there was a shootout.

There is an airtight case for multiple murder against the policemen and soldiers involved in the incident.

Purisima has the public’s  admiration  for not covering up for his men.

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But Purisima should go one step further than merely admitting that the cops involved in the Atimonan incident committed multiple murder.

The PNP chief should also order the inclusion in the multiple murder charge  of Chief Supt. James Melad,  director of the PNP Region 4-A chief who has been relieved, and Senior Supt Valeriano de Leon, who has also been  sacked as a result of the Atimonan incident.

Some of my sources in the illegal numbers game in the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) region said Melad was approached by “jueteng” financiers who had complained that Vic Siman, one of the massacre victims, was encroaching on their territory.

Melad, according to my sources, was allegedly receiving a hefty sum monthly from some jueteng lords and wanted to reciprocate them for their generosity.

Melad knew his deputy chief for intelligence, Supt. Hanzel Marantan, was a brother of one of those adversely affected by Siman’s alleged poaching.

The sacked regional director reportedly assigned Marantan to eliminate Siman and make it appear that he was a leader of a gun-for-hire syndicate, according to my sources.

When Marantan carried out Melad’s order, my sources said, the latter was in Manila purportedly attending an official function.

The alibi would make it appear Melad did not have prior knowledge of the ambush.

Perceptive readers who have followed reports on the incident and its aftermath from the start may have noticed that Melad was vehement in his defense of Marantan.

Melad twitted Marantan’s critics, saying they were not at the scene when the “shootout” took place, and so had no right to prejudge Marantan.

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What’s taking the Sandiganbayan so long to decide on the P366-million plunder case involving intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)?

No less than government prosecutors have told the antigraft court that some of the respondents didn’t benefit financially from the fund mess and, therefore, were wrongly charged with plunder.

The principal accused is former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Among her coaccused are former PCSO chairman Sergio Valencia; PCSO president and general manager Rosario Uriarte; PCSO directors Manoling Morato, Raymundo Roquero, Jose Taruc V; and former Commission on Audit (COA) chair Rey Villar.

Perhaps ex-President GMA and Uriarte could have benefited from the fund misuse.

But the others, whose duties  were only ministerial, couldn’t have.

Villar, especially, could not have profited from it since the COA cannot audit intelligence funds.

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

    NO covering up for his man? this purisma gloated immediately after the incident that it was a legitimate encounter… until nbi came into the picture that purisima now is singing a different tune… had it just been the pnp who investigated, it will be another story as these PNP will cover uo their kabaro….

    magkano ang bayad ni purisima mon…

  • 33Sambuang2

    sa palagay mo sir si roquero hindi guilty? ang bayan po ng valderamma sa antique ay backward talaga. ang meyor dyan dati ay si mr. roquero, ngayon ang mayor ay ang asawa. matanong ko lang po kayo sir. kung di po guilty si roquero, e bakit po sa buong isla ng panay, ay siya lang po ang me pinakamahal na sasakyang range rover. me tahoe at kung iba iba pang mga magagarang sasakyan samantalang liblib naman ang lugar nila…..pag fiesta kung sino sinong mga artista ang  mga bisita nya. kakayanin kaya ng sweldo ng meyor or ng taga pcso na magpakain at mag bayad sa mga bandang tulad ng river maya, artistang si jolina magdangal, katya santos? ngayon e papasok pa uli sa pulitika sa antique. pareho pareho lang po sila ng mga javier puro mga kawatan. ilang taon na ang nakakalipas, pero ang kalsada mo sa bundok ng antique na main road papuntang iloilo, e wala ng pagasang maiayos……. ngayon po sasabihin ninyo hindi guilty si roquero? magkano ba binayad sa yo?

    • maypakialamtayo

      tumakbo ka kasing mayor sa lugar nyo, inggit lang yan!

  • Noel

    Ask any law enforcer, prosecutor and lawyer that one common effective way of dismissing a case against the accused is to wrongly charged him, deliberately or not.  A weak case would result in dismissal.  This is how a good defense lawyer does in cahoot with the investigator.

  • Rovingmoron

    That’s the big problem with our auditing system. How come there isn’t a law that allows for the auditing of intelligence funds? Was this deliberate on the part of the government not to allow COA to audit inteligence funds? Going back to the questionable Atimonan incident that killed 13 people, including police and soldiers, the PNP chief should not only relieve from post Region 4A regional director James Melad and Val de Leon. They must also be included in the filing of administrative and criminal cases before the Napolcom and the courts, respectively. Like what Mr. Tulfo said, it could be possible that Melad had a hand in directing Marantan to do what he was supposed to do to make it appear that the incident was a shootout. In this way, the other jueteng competitors could be eliminated in order to control the illegal numbers games in the Calabarzon Area by the one favored by the police officials. When police officials have more than enough money from jueteng, they can always bribe media men covering their Calabarzon beats, and even the PNP Press Corps in Camp Crame. What is strange is that new mediamen assigned in Camp Crame do not a have share of the payola until they’re issued a PNP Press Corps ID. That’s the S.O.P.

    • Noel

      Yes.  Intelligence funds are not audited and questioned.  That often results in corruption.  During GMA’s administration, she even used the intelligence funds of the law enforcement agencies for her benefit.

      • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

        Hindi AUDITED ANG INTEL FUNDS,kaya jan nagnanakaw ang mga Military Generals mula nung unag panahon hanggang sa kasalukuyan,and who would care to bother their business?Else, one would be 6 feet below the ground.

  • Rovingmoron

    Mon, sana hwag mong tanggapin kung abutan ka man ni Supt. Melad ng makapal na sobre, ha! In this way, para tuloy ang banat mo sa kanya at mga involved as Atimonan incident.

    • magiting78

      Naabutan na kaso maliit kaya umaangal hehehehe…..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

    MON, WHAT INTELLIGENCE FUNDS ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE!  IT’S STUPIDITY THAT IS FUNDED.

  • oraman

    Perhaps GMA and Uriarte benefited from the …..e wala naman palang pruweba si Aleta Tolentino …LOL

  • Vic Abude

    Amen.

  • dongvee

     “Perhaps ex-President GMA and Uriarte could have benefited from the fund misuse.” If the prosecutors could not definitely link them to that alleged anomaly, then what are all these noises about? Saan na yong toni-toniladang ebidensyang pinagyabang ng mga yellows during 2010 election na magdidiin daw ni GMA sa katiwalian? Hanggang ngayon lumalabas itong mga magagaling nangangalap pa lang pala ng ebidensya.. Hanggang ngayon fishing expedition pa rin pala.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FMILZVJMPLRYOGFXL6PPNEVS24 Mike Arroyo

      Nadadala kasi ang mga yellowtards sa mga tsismis at sa pilantik ng dila ng pangulo. Truckload of evidence daw. Hahahaha!

    • 33Sambuang2

      DONGVEE, SUPOT

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

    We should also check the police chief. It’s not impossible he is also receiving jueteng payola.

  • regie

    if what you are saying is true mr. tulfo then melad is in a really tight situation.he is a principal by direct participation…and that is multiple murder.

  • regie

    sir by the way, don’t worry about the case now pending at the first division of the sandiganbayan. i assure you that if there is really no grounds for the others to be charge for plunder, then the court will see it and will junk the case, especially the presiding justice. i can assure you that he is beyond reproach and he calls a spade a spade. he is not pressured by money or influence. He will not delay any man’s cause for money or malice. kaya umasa kayo na kung wla silang kasalanan ay ibabasura po yang kaso pero kung meron ay ipupursue po yan at mananagot kung sino ang dapat managot…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KGP2T32B4FOALC5YW7CDCWLB6A Gelo L

    Melad, based on his physical looks, is more of a crook than a police officer…’yong ibang opisyal, nakagupit militar, si Melad…ewan ko ba ba…parang di galing sa academy…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/AX7A65HBPOATKIEDV77LOLRVUM Colokoy

      si supt. consemino police na police kasi la buhok, protector/ bodyguard ng jueteng lord :)

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

    Si Melad, ang lakas pa naman ang ambisyon na maging chief, pnp! Bokya!

  • AllinLawisFair

    Ikaw naman Mr. Tulfo, naniniwala ka bang walang tinanggap yung mga subordinates na nag-asikaso para makulimbat ang pondo ng PCSO? Para ka namang kahapon lang ipinanganak, sus.

    • gisingpinoy12

      AllinLawisFair….pasensiya na nag PR lang si Mr. Tufling, malaki pera involve jan…AC/DC lang…pera na!

      • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

        AC/DC ATTACK AND COLLECT
                   DEFEND AND COLLECT.

  • JasonBieber

    The PCSO case is a mess especially since it was hastily put together just in order to make sure Gloria was jailed for Aquino in time for elections. How can you wrongly charge someone? Shouldn’t the prosecutors and the Ombudsman have done their due diligence checking and double checking facts and evidence or lack there of? They have yet to provide any solid evidence to support their cases against their accused.

    • Noel

      However, it’s a fact that PCSO was riddled with corruption and those who were responsible were appointed by GMA.  With evidences showing that GMA used many government agencies to bankroll her political party in the last election as well as her own when she ran for election, it’s not hard to believe that money stolen from PCSO benefited her.  And let’s not just talk about PCSO; what about other scams and scandals under her administration which she and her husband were involved?

      • dongvee

         Mas magagaling ka pa pala kaysa sa mga prosecutors na naglitis sa PCSO plunder case. Biro mo for more than two years nilang paghahanap na maidiin si GMA sa kasong ito, hanggang ngayon wala pa silang makalap na ebidinsya. Ikaw, for some weird basis, seguradong segurado kanang involved na involved si GMA pati pa kanyang asawa. Ang galing mo talaga.

      • Noel

        Hindi na kailangan idiin ang amo mong bansot.  Sa liit niya baka bumaon na sa lupa kapag idiin pa.  Sa dami ng mga katiwalian ng amo mo, ano pang ebidensiya ang gusto mo?

      • $20722540

        akala ko ang galing na mga arguments mo kaya lang biglang naging bansot at liit…below the belt naman…sige nga submit mo lahat ng evidence mo nanasayo para tumigil ang dakdak mo

      • Noel

        Sorry sa pagtawag ng bansot sa kanya.  Unano na lang.

      • $20722540

        you better be sorry, a comment from a orangutan is better than you are

      • Noel

         Actually, the correct word is Pandak.

      • 33Sambuang2

        SUPOT KA

      • maypakialamtayo

        bakit mo alam, bakla ka ano?

      • Noel

         Nakakapagtaka na may natitira pang tagapagtanggol ni Pandak sa mga araw na ito.

      • JasonBieber

        CORRECTION: There is NO evidences at all showing that GMA used government agencies to bankroll her political party in the last election.

        If you have evidence maybe you should provide it to the Ombudsman…it would be a major help to them because they themselves are lacking evidence to prove their accusations against GMA.

    • 33Sambuang2

      SUPOT KA

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNASVGXZ23VCJWV7KO7WPDIKKI George

      weder weder lang yan dude, she can have her freedom beyond 2016.

  • mga BaBoY sa Goberno

    kaya dumadami ang mga magnanakaw at criminal dahil karamihan sa intelligence fund pati sa mga intel fund ng mga cities binulsa lng ng kakutchabang mayor at city police chief di ba..

    • $20722540

      the office of the president has billions billions of pesos charged to intelligence funds

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNASVGXZ23VCJWV7KO7WPDIKKI George

    si kuya mon, suma sideline na man, newly appointed na pr man ni villar. mukhang busy na for retirement fund.

  • lapasan

    PCSO having intelligence fund? What a joke. The government spends lot of money on intelligence. We have the AFP, PNP, NBI, PDEA, the Office of the President an other government agencies whose works need intelligence operations. And they have trained men dedicated to intel gatherings. Unfortunately intel fund is now given to some government offices whose work has nothing to do with intel works. And to think that intel fund is not subjected to strict audit procedures like other government fund.

    • popeyee

      Baka mahulog ka sa kinauupuan mo pag nalaman mong pati senate may intelligence fund din…

  • ikulong

    intelligence fund para sa mga taong matatalino na katulad ni gloria.

  • ApoLapullapu

    President Aquino also has a huge intelligence fund.  Yet only GMA and those in the Opposition have been prosecuted.  Weather-weather as usual.

  • popeyee

    Those person you said were innocent have been charged so the prosecutor can press them to turn into star witness…

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    Mon you want to project Vic Siman as a holy molly man in your column like Consemino.
    There were some reports that this Vic Siman was not granted a license to operate STL.You projected  Col. Consemino as an upright police officer,while in fact he is protecting a Gambling Lord and Lord of Organized Crime which is contrary to his moral obligation as a Law enforcer.
    Please write what is right and what is just.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    May similarity ang Mukha ni Mon Tulfo at si Duterte ng Davao.

  • eirons1043

    Sir Mon kahit na ministerial ang trabaho eh hindi magiging kumpleto ang transaction kung wala iyong nagbasbas (minister). Para iyang tseke ng payrol pag hindi pumirma iyong signatory ng tseke na ang trabaho eh pumirma lang at hindi na magbubusisi pa eh di tatakbo ang suweldo. Kaya sa PCSO dapat sabit lahat kasi di magagastos ang pera kung di sila approve lahat at iyong me ayaw eh pwede namang mag-resign kung me honor na natitira pa. Ika nga eh pag ang answer sa one plus one eh hindi two tiyak me katiwalian. Sa PCSO sa milyones na inteligence fund transaction dapat ang managot eh lahat ng matataas o kaya eh ikanta nila kung di sila ganung kasimple lang ika nga wan plus wan equals two. Iyong COA dapat ilagay nila sa report na ang inteligence fund eh ginagamit ng Malakanyang at hindi ang PCSO.

  • mariobig

    sa totoo  lang yun intelligence fund hindi ino audit yan pag dinadala sa coa   kaso yundalang mga  envelope for audit ng intelligence funds  may kasamang enveloped   may laman pera pag dindala sa  coa

  • mariobig

    sa coa  pag na assigned ka nuong panahaon before ni chairman  Chair Grace Pulido-Tan  sa mga  juicy  officefces department    anak  ka ng diyos  sampol nyan  yun mga  local  government sa metro manila, afp,pnp, dpwh lahat  dati diyan pag  ikaw auditor  anak ka ng diyos…. sikat sa  coa  dati yun mga   favorite ng mga  chairman at commissioner may malaking pera diyan pag diyan ka  naassigned…..yayaman ka….

  • Anqui

    The problem in the Philippines is that the Wheels Of Justice is VERY slow.  Congress should do something by formating a law on how to make the Judiciary move faster so the citizens see  the outcome on charges of corruption on people like Gloria Arroyo.  

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