Ochoa, chief presidential legal counsel lead review of NBI report on Quezon shooting


MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang should be given more time to review a five-inch thick investigation report on the police killing of 13 alleged criminals in Atimonan, Quezon, on Jan. 6, officials said on Sunday.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima delivered a very “exhaustive report’’ by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on the alleged shootout to Malacañang last week, said Abigail Valte, deputy presidential spokesperson.

This is now being reviewed by the office of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa, according to Valte.

“We should give them time because it looks like the report is five inches thick,’’ she said over government-run radio dzRB. “I’m sure they’re getting on with that study.’’

President Benigno Aquino III wanted a thorough and exhaustive review, instead of “sacrificing quality for speed,’’ she added.

Aquino would review the NBI findings, and then clear its release to the public, said De Lima, who submitted the report last Thursday.

Three police officers and 10 others were killed in the alleged 20-minute gun battle at a checkpoint along a sparsely populated stretch of Maharlika Highway in Atimonan.

Superintendent Hansel Marantan, leader of the team manning the checkpoint, was the only one hurt among 50 policemen and Army special forces troops that reportedly shot it out with the group of alleged “jueteng” operator Victor Siman.

The Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission chaired by Ochoa has admitted giving Marantan some P100,000 for intelligence gathering on the operation to arrest Siman.

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  • boldyak

    sinisiguradong wala ang pagsangkot sa PAOCC……bwahahahaha

  • Guest

    01. Pagkahaba-haba ng prosisyon, sa cover-up din lang pala mauuwi. PNoy may not have anything to do with the crime, but he’s enabling Ochoa to whitewash Ochoa’s involvement in the Quezon Massacre. For all his talk against unabated corruption, PNoy is at the forefront in enabling what he claims to hate most.

    02. Meanwhile, Jun Lontok the environmentalist, who previously did not have a gun based on ABS-CBN field reporter’s initial photos is now the shooter who wounded Marantan at a low angle according to De Lima’s NBI report. Once the environmentalist has been discredited, this whole Quezon Massacre can be easily dismissed as scalawags killing scalawags.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CG6AWFVDA46M5DMR2G7VNAMFUM Mark

    Siguradong kaya nyo yang mag come up ng desisyon witinin a day! Kung sa kaso nga dati ni Arroyo ay ilang folder na documento ang kailangan e review pero kinabukasan my arrest warrant na e!he he he he

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIWYLFLU4LPKS7B2ZLLRVFKS3Y vir_a

    As expected, the result will just be like the result of the report of the massacre of Chinese tourists in Luneta.

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

    Naging ka galang galang na ang pix mo Sec. Ochoa,ayos pang profile pix sa facebook mo.cheers.
    Ganyan din sana ang pose ni Gen. Alan Purisima.Editor ng Pdi wag naman kayo basta basta mag post ng pix ni General.Dapat gaya ni Ochoa ang dating.

  • BatangSingapore

    hoy ochoa kahit barangay targetin mo hinding hindi ka mananalo bugok.

  • kilabot

    the process: 
    delima investigates & reports, ochoa reviews and amends, noykapon justifies. 

    • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

       and the gullible filipinos swallows it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2JVSEXTMANAEZGLOSZGWJYW67Q Jess

    Why should Ochoa have anything to do with this Report when he is party to this killings, whether by sin of omission or commission. Don’t let him have anything to do with this report.

  • joshua kings

    talaga yatang gusto ko ng maniwala na walang utak yang nasa Mal- a. Kannyang…..
    si ochoa ay under the cloud of doubt because of this atimonan massacre, he being ‘implicated’ as head pf paocc who according to manantan gave the go signal on this atimonan ‘mission.’
    so what should the public expect from this? 
    baka kalalabasan pa niyan, nag-suicide yung mga nangamatay.

  • FernandoBusi

    Anak ng Tokwa naman yung may command responsibility ang meg rereview eh di white wash mangyayari nyan. 

  • basyong

    kung sino ang nagutos rumatatat siya din ang magrerekomanda kung ano ang tunay na nangyari siguradong lutong makaw katulad ng PCOS yan

  • mekeni62

    kailangan i-review baka kasi isabit si Ochoa. naninigurado lang po.

    • John_Cruz

      Col Marantan and his Generals jump the gun and ordered extra-judicial killings of the victims. Those who survived the initial volley of gunfire went out and raised their hands. 
      The mindset of the Police killing machines is to take no prisoners and kill them all. If the victims are not satisfied with Malacanang findings and recommendation, elevate this gruesome massacre to the UN and International Court in the Hague.

  • boybakal

    Ochoa, chief presidential legal counsel lead review of NBI report on Quezon shooting

    National Bureau of Investigation, the best in investigation.
    Police Investigators, CIDG,  the best in police work…
    Ochoa, the Executive Secretary will review the Police and NBI reports.

    Who is in Charge? or Lack of Trust and Confidence in our Justice Secretary.

  • palakasantayo

    There is no credibility in this report anymore no matter what the conclusion is. More than a month after the incident and no one knows what happened? Incredible… Kanya-kanya ng tago ang mga kupag na mga ito, pnp, military and malacanang. 

  • Usi Sero

    Sabit si Dumalo dito kaya kailangan mapawalang bisa ang imbestigasyon. May padrinong malakas si Dumalo kaya hindi pwedeng madawit na naman siya.

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

    Bakit Si Ochoa? Para siguradong malinis……. Yun yon e. kayo naman… Para kayong bago ng bago. Linisin nyo ng mabuti ha, galingan nyo!


    For the first time in history, Penoy wanted a “thorough and exhaustive review”. Bakit kaya, dahil ang Presidential AOCC ay nagbigay ng 100,000.- pesos para sa ratatat operation ? Pero ang nakapag tataka sa lahat ay > Bakit si Ochoa ang magre review samantalang siya ang ‘master mind’ ng Operation Ratatat. This is justice, Penoy style. ‘COVER UP THE KKK’.

  • Anqui

    The longer that the Jury deliberates about the Verdict on a case, a better chance an Acquit happens.  I am afraid that this will be a White Wash from Malacanang, and will show how immature is the Judiciary System is in the Philippines..

  • http://twitter.com/erwinross123 Erwin Ross V. Dalao

    sinko manalong barko kung may makukulong dito. OO nga pala, yung mga witness at yung mga natutulog noong naganap ang barilan.

  • JasonBieber

    How much time do you need? The way you guys work it’ll be another year or two before something happens and another few years before there’s even a case filed and then some more years after that before there is even any trials.

    With issues and cases like these and like that of the Maguindanao massacre..things take such a long time but with cases involving GMA cases get on fast…it seems a bit weird.

  • JasonBieber

    Oh and another thing…if the Presidential legal team or the Palace wanted to avoid revieing a 5-inch thick documents of investigation then they should have taken preventative measures.

    Meaning they should have focused on jueteng long ago and fixed the procedures and protocols of the PNP then maybe things would not have escalated to the way it did in the Atimonan incident.

  • Loggnat

    Does not Dumlao reports to Ochoa and he is one of those being charge? By virtue of command responsibility, Ochoa is in charge of PAOCC which is the approving and financing office of the operation under question and should inhibit himself from the decision process to give approval or rejection of this case. There is a nagging perception that his decision will be affected by his bias for his subordinate and for the protection of his crime commission office.

  • disqusted0fu

    Why is Sec. Ochoa going to review the report when his department is allegedly involved in approving the operation? Anyway, how much time do they need? Because when it’s a report about GMA it only takes them a day or two to review… that’s if they really review it.

  • chris

    Tama ang KMU dapat hindi si Ochoa ang mag-review ng NBI report kasi initially it was reported na involved si Ochoa at ang PAOCC.  At kung may delikadeza naman itong si Ochoa sana nag-beg off sia sa pag-assign sa kanya ni Penoy.  Tagal  mag-review ng Palasyo last Thurs pa yan or it has been 5 days since De Lima submitted it to Penoy.  Dapat ang final say kung sino ang mga sangkot ay si De Lima kasi siya ang JUSTICE SECRETARY at hindi si Penoy.  Kelan pa naging trabaho ng Presidente ng Pilipinas ang mag-decide kung sino-sino ang isasangkot sa complaint sheet?  Penoy balot, pabayaan mo si Justice De Lima sa trabaho niya at huwag ka ng makisali.  Bakit kaya siado interesado si Penoy Balot sa Atimonan?  Baka kasi gusto niang makasigurado na hindi madadawit ang tao niang si Ochoa?  Akala ba namin tuwid na landas yun pala BALUKTOT ka rin yata na landas.
    Tapos o hindi tapos ang review ng palasyo dapat ilabas na sa media ang NBI report at malaman na kaagad ng taumbayan kung hindi Palace will whitewash it again just like what Palace did to the result of investigation re: Chinese massacre wherein Lim and Puno were absolved by Penoy Balot.  It was reported by media na sa sama ng loob ni De Lima muntik na siang mag-resign dahil binago ni Penoy Balot ang resulta ng investigation report.

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