‘Coplan Armado mere subterfuge’ to rub out ‘jueteng’ rival

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In this Jan. 6, 2013, file photo released by the Philippine National Police Quezon Provincial Director’s Office, Quezon provincial police chief Valeriano de Leon, right, looks at a bullet-riddled vehicle at a checkpoint along a road in the town of Atimonan in Quezon province. Security personnel originally claimed the incident as a shootout with suspected criminals, but investigators said the police operation plan carried out by Supt. Hansel Marantan purportedly to neutralize a crime ring was a “mere subterfuge” to kill a competitor in “jueteng.” AP PHOTO/PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE QUEZON PROVINCIAL DIRECTOR’S OFFICE

MANILA, Philippines—The police operation plan carried out by Supt. Hansel Marantan purportedly to neutralize a crime ring was a “mere subterfuge” to kill a competitor in “jueteng” that has continued to flourish despite well-publicized government pledges to eliminate the illegal numbers racket, investigators said.

Findings by the National Bureau of Investigation of the

Jan. 6 incident in Atimonan, Quezon province, showed that the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) disapproved the plan, called “Coplan Armado,” but nevertheless released P100,000 to Marantan’s group for intelligence buildup.

In its executive report, which was approved in full by President Aquino, the NBI, however, cleared the PAOCC of any role in the “rubout” in Atimonan that left alleged jueteng operator Vic Siman and 12 others, including police and military personnel, dead.

Piecing together testimonies and documents, the investigators established that Siman engaged in video “karera” operations in Calamba City, Laguna province, before venturing into jueteng, a multibillion-peso activity that the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo had campaigned against because of its pernicious effects.

Siman’s video karera operation was “greatly affected” by the entry of a certain ‘Ka Tita,’ who used to operate a nightclub in Ermita, Manila. A rivalry soon followed between the newcomer and Siman, the reputed “gambling lord” of Laguna.

Ka Tita’s move to Laguna coincided with the transfer there of Marantan from the Highway Patrol Group in Quezon City, the NBI said.

Protected by Marantan

When the video karera operations did not yield much profit, Ka Tita shifted to jueteng, undermining Siman’s operations. Meantime, police stepped up operations against illegal gambling, mainly targeting Siman’s operations.

Even so, Siman maintained control of the jueteng operations in the province. Still, Ka Tita’s operations flourished “unhampered and unmolested” by the police, since her business was “under the protective mantle” of Marantan, the NBI said.

To keep his hold on jueteng in the province, Siman banded with other gambling operators in the Southern Tagalog area, identified as “Don Ramon” and “Fajardo,” eventually establishing contact with the criminal syndicate “Batang Kubo.”

Nixon Kua’s murder

Over time, the rivalry led to the killings of civilian and police protectors of Siman and Ka Tita, the investigators said. The NBI was working on leads that the real killers of former newsman Nelson “Nixon” Kua were hired guns from Siman’s group.

Given the dynamics in the province, Siman was also “after the head” of Marantan while the police officer was using his authority to “silence” Siman, the NBI said.

Coplan Armado was based on “intelligence information” gathered by Marantan about the alleged involvement of several individuals in jueteng and in the “turf wars” among the financiers, it said.

But the NBI observed “misinformation” brought about by a “defective and unverified” Coplan Armado. For instance, there were many “targets” mentioned in the plan but only Siman was part of the convoy.

If indeed Siman’s group was on a criminal mission, they would not have used vehicles registered in their names. And if indeed private armed groups were hired to liquidate certain personalities, they would have had in their possession unlicensed firearms, it said.

But all the firearms recovered from the victims at the crime scene were licensed, except for one, the NBI said.

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  • pulis

    Kung bakit kasama ni Siman ang mga Pulis sa lakad na iyon ay nag papakita lang na protektor nya ang mga opesyal ng Pulis na kasama nya…Mga gong gong na NBI, magkano ba ang binayad sa inyo para gumawa ng report na yan?…Saan ba kayo nag aral ng tungkol sa inbestigasyon na kahit bata ay madidismaya sa inyong report?

    • Bekok

      ULUL…nagdudunung-dunungan ka eh mukang may sayad ka naman.

      • pulis

        Bekok, mukha yatang ang isip mo ay katulad ni Josh..Whooooaaaa!

  • superpilipinas

    “…has continued to flourish despite well-publicized government pledges to eliminate the illegal numbers racket…”
    I disagree….in spite of Bishop Cruz call to PNoy to put eradication of jueteng as a priority…..PNoy explicitly and stupidly announced that….

    eradication of jueteng is not a priority of the administration….

    instead of just keeping quiet about it, his pronouncement actually encouraged the jueteng lords as well as the police protectors like Marantan.

    This is an effect of that stupid announcement.

  • UrHONOR

    I can assure you that Mike A is not involved in this shenanigan.

    • Anqui

      NAKARMA NA SIYA… his protector form Malacanang (GMA) has been in HOT water.  He has lots of money stashed away in foreign banks, but now they are restricted to go and spend it.

      • UrHONOR

        ON that score, I can assure you with great certainty that the of fund$ continue to flow ad libitum.  There are many ways of skinning a cat….and Mike knows them all.

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

       Tignan natin, baka i BLAME nanaman ni PNOY ito kay GMA. You never know what a vindictive person will do just to have his way.

      • UrHONOR

        PALAGAY ko hindi na kasi pagagalitan siya ni Mike.  Sasabihin ni Mike sa kanya, “Ano, ikaw na naman?  Bakit puro ikaw ang binibigyan ng CREDIT sa lahat ng yan?  Hindi ba ako ang nagpaplano ng lahat ng yan?  Pagod at pawis ko, tapos puro si IKAW na lang ang nakikitaan?  Aba, sobra na yan….abuso de kompiyansa na yan”

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Other media sources identifies Ka Tita as Selena “Tita” Marantan-Dinglasan. Ka Tita is the elder sister of Hansel Marantan, according to these sources. It’s rather strange that this PDI report still keeps the identity of Ka Tita secret. For reference, check these links:

    interaksyon,com/article/52790/video–vic-siman-aide-insists-jueteng-turf-war-behind-atimonan-shooting

    manilatimes,net/index.php/news/top-stories/40137-agent-replaces-siman
     

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    It’s highly unusual for PAOCC to turn down a coplan and still end up financing it. PAOCC’s Paquito Jojo Ochoa funded the coplan with P100,000. Logically, he would have approved it before funding it. Why is Paquito Jojo Ochoa being let off the hook? Smells like a cover-up or another case of plausible deniability.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    If Vic Siman is behind Nixon Kua’s death,
    and Nixon Kua is associated with Ping Lacson,
    then Vic Siman and Ping Lacson are rivals?

    Is this why Ping Lacson is protecting Hansel Marantan?
    Is this why Ping Lacson keeps insisting that Atimonan Massacre is not a rub out?
    Is Ping Lacson the powerful patron behind Hansel Marantan’s spectacular rise?

    Reference on Kua and Lacson’s relationship:

    Google “malaya times nixon kua and brother shot in robbery”

    • maypakialamtayo

      at may isang mata pa si ping sa quezon na nangangalang glenn dumlao, kaya hindi kinukuha ang pork barrel niya may iba namang source para magka pera.

  • $16638896

    dapat ilabas ang picture ni ka tita, sino ba sya? hindi kaya si lacson ang Ka Tita? hihihihi

  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    MAFIA style gang war.

    Gambling is addictive like heroin.
    JUETENG is evil, the death of the lords.
    Lawmakers become the breakers,
    The wrecker of friends,
    The fall of a president.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    ” The police operation plan carried out by Supt. Hansel Marantan purportedly to neutralize a crime ring was a “mere subterfuge” to kill a competitor in “jueteng” that has continued to flourish despite well-publicized government pledges to eliminate the illegal numbers racket, investigators said.”
    Paanong “mere subterfuge” e, di ba sa nakaraang mga taon dalawang hepe ng dalawang bayan sa Laguna ang in-ambush ng grupo nila Siman, swerte yung isa nabuhay, bukod pa sa isa rin gambling lord na ayaw sumama kay Siman ay in-ambush din at napatay.  Ang mga pag-ambush na ito ang dahilan kaya ginawa ng mga kapulisan ang Coplan Armado, at ginawa nilang opeartion leader si Marantan. Pero sa bandang huli ay si Marantan lang ang pinagbuntunan ng kaso. Siya na ang may tama dahil sa pagtupad sa utos ang siya ngayong may kinakaharap na kaso…

  • Guest

    If the Coplan did not have enough credibility when initially presented to PAOCC, why release 100,000.00?  I don’t understand.

  • Guest

    I hope that there will be a fair trial. I am very concerned about this because we all know that what is lacking in most third world countries is where the judicial system is either cowed or bribed to follow the direction of the government in power. I just hope that the justice system will give these accused a fair trial. The government should also provide defense lawyers for any of these soldier who can’t afford one…that is a fair justice system.
    In a democratic country, due process exists because we cannot simply assume the government is correct. Police and prosecutors are susceptible to human error and cannot be trusted unconditionally. And whether the evidence is actually compelling remains to be determined. However, there must be a true determination rather than the careless assumption that too many seem content with. We should at least bother to distinguish between charges and convictions. We should remember that people are innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt — even though we’ve learned to assume the opposite. In fact, eyewitness testimony is the leading culprit in wrongful convictions.
    We’re Always Innocent Till Proven Guilty
    1. Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense.
    2. No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.You should be considered innocent until it can be proved that you are guilty.If you are accused of a crime, you should always have the right to defend yourself.Like
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