Marantan, Melad et al. face multiple murder charges over Quezon rubout



MANILA, Philippines–Multiple murder charges will be filed against 21 members of the Philippine National Police and 14 members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in connection with the Atimonan incident that led to the death of 13 people including police officers and an environmentalist.

Facing multiple murder case include Chief Superintendent James Melad and Superintendent Hansel Marantan.

Aside from the two, also included to be charged are the following:

Senior Inspector John Paolo Carracedo, Senior Police Officer 1 Arturo Sarmiento, Superintendent Ramon Balauag, Senior Inspector Timoteo Orig, Senior Police Officer 3 Joselito De Guzman, Senior Police Officer 1 Carlo Cataquiz, Police Officer 3 Eduardo Oronan, PO2 Nelson Indal, PO2 Al Bhazar Jailani, PO1 Wryan Sardea, PO1 Rodel Talento, PCI Grant Gollod, Inspectors Ferdinand Aguilar, Evaristo San Juan, PO3 Benedict Dimayuga, PO2 Ronnie Serdena, PO1 Esperidion Corpuz Jr., PO1 Bernie De Leon and PO1 Allen Ayubo.

AFP personnel to be charged are Lieutenant Colonel Monico Abang, the Battalion Commander, Captain Erwin Macalinao, 1Lieutenant Rico Tagure, Technical Sergeant Melanio Balauitan, Cpl. Clark Magusara, Private First Class Michael Franco, PFC Kirby-Tam Coronel, PFC Alvin Roque Pabon, PFC Ricky Jay Borja, PFC Melvin Lumalang, PFC Gil Gallego, Private Marc Zaldy Docdoc, PVT. Emergin Barrete and PVT. Michard Manago.

“Police Superintendent Marantan claimed that he had reliable information proving that private armed groups were being utilized not only in illegal numbers game but also in the illegal drugs trade and also by politicians for the liquidation of their political opponents,”  the NBI report stated which was adopted in full by Malacañang.

“Unfortunately, in a classic case of intelligence failure, the identities of the other occupants of the vehicles were not accurately established before the actual operation, thus resulting to the senseless massacre of innocent victims,” the NBI added.

“Ultimately, the NBI probe reached the conclusion that no shootout occurred, thus, validating the initial result of the PNP fact finding committee,” the NBI added.

“The probe findings also showed that the victims were summarily executed and all indications point to a ‘rub out’…The Atimonan, [Quezon] encounter was a well calculated plan to close the book on Vic Siman under the pretext of Coplan Armado, using government forces and resources. The fault of the other victims was that they were with the wrong company, at the wrong place and at the wrong time,” the NBI findings stated.

President Benigno Aquino III has endorsed the filing of multiple murder charges against key police officers over their alleged role in the January 6 shootout in Atimonan, Quezon that left 13 alleged criminals dead, agreeing that this was a “rubout.’’

“After a thorough review of the NBI executive report of the incident in Atimonan, Quezon, the President has accepted its findings in full. He has directed the Secretary of Justice, Leila de Lima, to file the appropriate criminal and administrative against Hansel Marantan, James Melad and others,’’ Undersecretary Abigail Valte, deputy presidential spokesperson, announced in a briefing.

Three police officers and 10 others were killed in the alleged 20-minute gun battle at a checkpoint on a sparsely populated stretch of Maharlika Highway in Atimonan, Quezon on January 6.

Marantan, leader of the team manning the checkpoint, was the only one hurt among 50 policemen and members of the Army special forces that allegedly shot it out with the group of  Siman.

 Originally posted at 2:20 p.m.

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  • tunderlulo

    Press release na naman…  Hoy de Lima ifile mo na kung may katibayan kayo. Puro kayo magaling sa propaganda. Aksiyon hindi salita

    • Juan De la Cruz

      isapa ito…hahanap-hanap kayo ng aksyon, tapos pag umaksyon naman meron pa ding sasabihin…manahimik ka na lang nga…

    • generalproblem

      umaksyon na nga kakasuhan pa ano pa bang aksyon ang kailangan mo. kausapin mo si bitoy baka bigyan ka ng panlinis sa plata na action

    • Edwin Edwin

      tigilan mo na kasi ang kakasinghot ng rugby at natutuyo ang utak mo. Hindi mo ba nabasa na umaksyon na nga? Teka, baka naman hindi ka marunong magbasa….

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    01. And what about Jun Lontok allegedly having a gun beside his dead body? The ABS-CBN report who took photos of the crime scene at the first hour shows no gun anywhere beside Jun Lontok.

    02. What about the 4 key witnesses who were aboard the truck? Have their families been secured? Has the government arranged for their asylum abroad? The key witnesses of Kuratong Baleleng ultimately had to seek asylum abroad because of threats to their lives and limbs. If DOJ Secretary De Lima is serious about protecting the key witnesses, she should grant the families an option to leave the country. The NBI witness protection program is underbudgeted and conditions worse than destitute.

    03. Since Sereno’s SC dismissed with finality the Kuratong Baleleng charges against Panfilo Lacson after 18 years of trials, what’s the guarantee that Sereno’s SC will not be dismissing the case against Marantan et al? Sereno will be sitting for another 18 years as SC Chief Justice.

  • geminimind

    Are they going to jail this time?
    I close my case.

  • Paulapaula

    baka nasa-airport na ang mga yan… hehe bilis, bilis baka makaalis! 

  • NoyNoy Aquino

    Good Job NBI! To all those detractors of our government, this milestone in this case prove that we are serious in our intentions to punish all those that break the law. To all criminals, I assure you that we will use the full force of the law to haunt you down and punish you.

  • vir_a

    Bad news for Lacson

  • limcat

    Ikulong na mga yan bago mag takbuhan nanaman parang mga daga! marantan kung ano ang nakulimbat mo sa mga ilegal mong aktibidades ay mauubos ngayon sa kababayad sa mga huwes LOL … huwag sana pero madalas mangyari , maari kang mapatunayang walang sala pero ang sigurado ay simot ka at wala ka ng trabaho bilang pulis at higit sa lahat sira ang pangalan mo at ng pamilya mo – you are finished marantan

  • Natx Bacalzo

    kiss goodbye to your service and pensions boys and be prepared to go to jail. murder is non-bailable. at least PNP and AFP are now few happy triggers short. 

  • Bunot-Supo

    There’s no mention of arrest warrants. By the time DOJ comes up with a resolution on a probable cause, these police officers are already in Disneyland

  • wakats

    1. January 6, 2013 – the alleged rubout took place
    2. January 8 – PNoy directed the NBI to investigate the incident
    3. February 7 – NBI report submitted to PNoy
    4. March 5 – PNoy ACCEPTED the NBI findings in full and directed the DOJ to file the charges

    After almost a month of analyzing the report by a PNoy team of legal experts (who?), the palace made the conclusion that there was actually a rubout, not shootout.

    Are the DOJ and NBI not competent enough to make that conclusion, and need a further review by malacanang? 

  • Ike

    Marantan, was the only one hurt among 50 policemen and members of the Army special forces that allegedly shot it out with the group of  Siman.

    This time around, all 50 of them, including their family, their children and their children’s future will be hurt and will suffer the painfull consequences of Marantans wrongdoing. I pity the PVT’s, PFC’s & CPL’s who just happen to be following the orders of their superiors to go there as an augmentation force to Marantan’s group.

  • whyinthisworld

    Right, the court must issue a hold order for all involved on this crime. Be sure to do it now otherwise, we will never see their shadows or even put them in jail if we did not move faster that sound. Stop making press releases, we don’t need it, we need action and solution period. 

  • Albarirex

    Tanggaling sila sa puesto at IKULONG habang nililitis ang kaso. NO BAIL YAN. Tingnan ko lang, baka ngayon palang magtatago na ang mga yan…..tulad ni PALPARAN…at kay Lacson dati…..

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