Families of ‘Atimonan 13’ grow impatient over probe findings

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Investigators use mannequins inside the two sports utility vehicle at the “Atimonan encounter” last January 6, to get more information for the investigation at the National Bureau of Investigation grounds, Manila on Friday.
INQUIRER PHOTO / NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

SAN PEDRO, Laguna, Philippines—The families of at least two of the victims in the Atimonan, Quezon shooting are getting impatient with Malacañang’s decision to go slow in reviewing the recommendations that the Department of Justice and the National Bureau of Investigation submitted to the Palace over a week ago.

“I am also getting impatient. It has already been over a month now since the incident happened,” said Susan Consemino, the widow of Supt. Alfredo Consemino.

Consemino was among those killed in the questionable police-military operation in Atimonan,Quezon on January 6.

Malacañang, through deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, asked the public to give them more time to review the “exhaustive report” submitted by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima last week.

The report, described to be five inches thick, contained the results of the investigation of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa and Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. are reviewing the NBI report.

The Atimonan operation, which targeted alleged crime-and-gambling lord Victor Siman, but which ended up killing not just Siman but 12 others, was partly funded by the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC), according to the now suspended operation”s ground commander, Supt. Hansel Marantan.

“We hope (for the results) to come out within this week. We’ll just keep on praying and hoping that it turns up in favor of (the families),” Susan said in a phone interview on Monday.

The family of real estate broker and casualty Paul Quiohilag was also starting to grow impatient over the delay in the release of the results.

They also expressed their misgivings about Ochoa dipping a hand in the NBI report.

“The way they are handling it, parang sinasala (it seems the report is being filtered),” said Quiohilag’s sister, Rodelia Claridad.

“Why is this taking too long? Was the NBI report not good enough?” she asked.

The media earlier reported that the NBI recommended the filing of murder charges against those behind the Atimonan, Quezon, operation.

Earlier reports also said the NBI indicated that there was no shootout and that the crime scene was tampered with.

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  • ben311

    yan ang daan matuwid para sa inyo.

  • tra6Gpeche

    Just like the Ampatuan massacre and Dacer cases, the
    Atimonan 13 seem destined to be shelved in the forgotten case or cold case.
    There are many influential, wealthy and powerful politicians and
    non-politicians working very hard to make those cases be forgotten. This is very
    normal in a third world country like the Philippines.
    The slower the process gets, the better it is for the accused. Sooner or later,
    no one will be found guilty. Too bad for those seeking for justice!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    The BIR should also investigate if Mr. Habitan (Gold Miner) is paying the correct taxes.

  • Guest

    01. It’s official campaign period. LP is busy. UNA is busy. PNoy is busy and so is his entire adminisration. Dead people, especially victims of a massacre, inevitably takes a backseat. Justice for the dead people is a far far far second priority. Maguindanao Massacre pa lang, hindi nga maresolba. The Atimonan Massacre victims’ families should learn to accept as early as now that the report will not favor the dead.

    02. DOJ Leila de Lima has already succumbed to pressure. The NBI report discredits Jun Lontok by putting a gun on him and making him the shooter who wounded Marantan froma long angle. A field reporter of ABS-CBN who arrived at the crime scene showed photos where Lontok was in the ditch with no gun.

    03. If UNA wants to score political points, they should use this issue against the administration. This the slow wheels of justice and cover-up by Ochoa flies right in the face of Daang Matuwid.

  • Xi MiX

    pina-plantsa pa ng administrasyon para sa DAANG MATUWID…

  • bryant85

    It’s rather alarming that Ochoa a Pnoy alter ego and the head of the PAOCC involved as alleged to have given the go signal to the Atimonan killings had dipped his fingers on the NBI report. It’s mind boggling why he was allowed by Pnoy stating the given fact of his dubious participation.

    What if Ochoa as a lawyer deletes or infringes on the facts stated on the report or does other sly means to subvert the truth amid the controversy so as to extenuate himself from blame then that’s conspiracy on the part of Pnoy to had infarct on lady justice.

    The victims’ families had the right to express their doubts and misgivings anent the delay of the filing of the case because three days for Malacanang to review the NBI report is ample given the gravity of the offense committed and the long duration of time used by the NBI to finalize the case. While some seriously aver that haste makes waste and meticulous scrutiny be aptly applied as a measure to file an airtight case which ought to be the method but too much delay caused boredom and ennui to prevail over patience.

    Ochoa should had inhibited himself from the review of the NBI report in order to be absolved from suspicious minds

    • speaksoftlylove

       Critics think PNoy is a fool. No, it’s the other way around. PNoy thinks the filipinos are fools that he can do anything and the yellowvampires will swallow it hook, line, and sinker.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MEGIRFUGZ6NQSAF4JMGHZSIIY4 Joseph

    It’s in the oven.  

  • garcia677

    Pnoy so as to obviate the presence of unsavory chiding from critics and concerned readers must have advised Ochoa to inhibit from the review of the NBI report. By his lack of tack to restrain him caused another jolt to pester his administration, an imprudent move that he must learn to prevent

  • VeryDisgusted2

    Ochoa reviewing the report? How can Noynoy trusted him the task? The guy was involved. The NBI was even planning to investigate him.

    I’m afraid there might be whitewash. Anyway it is the name of Noynoy that is at stake.

  • rapas_gamrud

    parang luneta masaker ito..lahat ng rekomendasyon ng fact finding commitee na pinamunuan ni leila walang naipatupad.

  • batangsulpok

    Binubusisi ng husto ang report dahil maaaring may taga-Malacanang na sabit kaya matutulad din sa Luneta massacre at ibang kaso gaya ng Dacer-Corbito, Kuratong Baleleng rubout.

  • speaksoftlylove

      As
    usual pinalalamig muna tapos babaliktarin na naman yong findings at
    voila, everyone absolved. What’s new anyway? Sorry na lang yong mga
    kamaganak ng namatay. Ayun yon eh tuwid na daan, di ba?

  • CheapJ

    Use this as a case against all the LP candidates if the victims’ families are worried of whitewash.

  • chris

    OCHOA should NOT DIP his hand in the NBI investigation report as he was initially reported as involved in the fracas!!!  Ochoa should inhibit from the review of the report if he has as bit of “delicadeza flowing in his veins.”  Tagal ng pag-review ng Malacanag mukhang niluluto ninyo na ang resulta.  In case it comes to a point na gustong baguhin ng Malacanang ang resulta, please lang Justice de Lima manindigan ka against sa gusto ng Malacanang.  

    • diamond_digger

       First, it should be remembered that it was the president who, suspicious of the outcome of the initial report, instructed the NBI to solely take a hand in the conduct of the investigation. With regards to Ochoa, while he is technically the alter ego of the president in his capacity as Executive Secretary and is clearly a subordinate of the President. Hence, he can not say no and refuse the instruction of the president to go over and review the NBI report together with the Presidential Chief legal Counsel and thenceforth make the necessary recommendation to him. So let us give them a little more time and pray for a fair and just resolution of this case.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AIPSCQM2TZQUMQ5GEIMWMWDFL4 Edward Solilap

    Ang dapat imbistigahan ay ang friendship ng mga namatay kay Victor Siman sila ba ay kasosyo ng Gambling Lord na ito lalo na c Supt. Alfredo Consemino at ang mga kasama na sundalo bakit sila doon. Ang grupong ito ay hindi lang mga kilala at kaibigan ni Siman kundi mga kasosyo at bodyguards.

    • diamond_digger

       Whether friends, business partners or whatever, the issue here is the way they died and the legality of the operation that resulted to their deaths.

    • JusticeIsNotForOneSideAlone

      oo nga. wala pa daw plate number yung sasakyan nila noon! NKKLKA!

  • jolly_baby

    Ochoa.. ok na sana PNOY eh… Kris please intervene.

  • superlucky2

    Tapos whitewash ito pag-rene review ng mga yellow dogs.

  • JusticeIsNotForOneSideAlone

    SANA MAGING OPEN MINDED ANG MGA TAO. Hindi dahil yun ang pinapakita ng media ay yun na agad. Akala mo na ang dami daming alam dahil lang sa media. Malay ba natin kung may illegal activities nga yung mga namatay at maiimpluwensya talaga. Mga kayang magbayad at may mga kapit sa pulitika kaya kaya talaga nila palabasin lahat ng gusto nila. Tsaka si De Lima, feeling nyo naman ang linis linis. Super paniwala naman kayo sa kanya kaya din nyan baliktarin yung results nung investigation ano. Porke napatay inosente na kaagad? 

  • disqusted0fu

    As usual, the administration is noynoying on this. The work always ends once it reaches the Office of the President. They must be too busy campaigning that they forgot that there are still a lot of work to be done. Killings is one of those things that does not seem to be in the priority list of the Aquino administration.

  • 4KABUTIHANNGpinoy

    PAG KRIMINAL NAMATAY may HUMAN RIGHTS AND RUB OUT CASE PA! 
    PAG NA HULI NA BUHAY ..DI PA NAKAPASOK SA BILANGUAN, NAKALABAS NA.
    sarap buhay ng mayaman na kriminal sa pinas.

  • Guest

    Be patient people. Hindi naman siguro stupid ang Palasyo na kaagad na lang sabihing “rubout” kung hindi pa napag-aralan ang buong reports. Hindi naman DOJ si Nonoy Aquino di ba?…lol.  Siempre tingnan lahat ang angulo ng reports. This is a big case and people should not prejudge. Remember that what we know from the media is only tip of the iceberg. 

    Everyone, please pray for the families of the slain men and also pray for those police and soldiers involved in this very tragic event. Everybody is hurting. Let’s pray for forgiveness. love, and peace!!! Let us also pray for the leaders of this country. Ask God to give these leaders wisdom to run this country.  We need leaders who fear God.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    Justice delayed is justice denied. this is the Right Path slogan of this regime. with no wang wang and no counter flow.

  • http://twitter.com/durgijohn John Atm

    Kailangan naman kasi talaga repasuhin ng malacanang ang report kasi galing kay delima na walang kautakutak! Alam na mrahil ng malacanang na shootout ang nangyari, alam na marahil nila kung anong klaseng tao ang namatay at sinisikap nilang ituwid ang mga kasinungalingan na naunang ipinahayag ni delima at pinalaki na parang katotohanan ng media. inaayos din nila para hindi mag mukhang tanga si mar roxas sa mga nauna na nyang akusasyon sa kaso.

    magtanong lang kayo dito sa amin sa calamba kung sino si Siman at si Consemino may mapupulot kayo!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/RP6UUODTMZTOZECRKUBQRZ3ESE Antonio

      Ano nga ba ang tunay na pagkatao nila siman at consemino!!!

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