Atimonan probe starts April 18


MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Justice (DOJ) has set for April 8 the start of the preliminary investigation of 25 policemen and soldiers led by P/Supt. Hansel Marantan who are charged in the murder of 13 men in Atimonan, Quezon, on Jan. 6.

The DOJ on March 19 issued the subpoenas for the 25 security personnel that were issued by a five-member DOJ special panel led by Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Theodore Villanueva.

“You are hereby warned that failure on your part to comply with this subpoena shall be considered a waiver to present your defense in this preliminary investigation and the case shall be considered submitted,” said Villanueva in two separate subpoenas for the police and military members.

Marantan and the other officers were charged by the National Bureau of Investigation with the murder of 13 men led by suspected “jueteng” operator Vic Siman and several police and military officials.

They were gunned down at a joint police-military checkpoint on a highway in Atimonan, with Marantan et al. claiming it was a legitimate operation. The NBI, however, said its findings showed it was a rubout.—Christine O. Avendaño

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  • Weder-Weder Lang

    Let’s just hope this Atimonan Massacre does not end up like Kuratong Baleleng, which lasted for 18 years but with no conviction. In the end, Ping Lacson was exonerated by Sereno’s Supreme Court. With Ping Lacson joining PNoy’s cabinet and giving his full support to Hansel Marantan, it’s likely that the four key witnesses will recant within the next 18 years or so. Or they will simply disappear or seek asylum in Canada. Ping Lacson wins the day again. And justice be damned.

  • eirons1043

    Preliminary investigation that will take a year or two even with overwhelming evidence? I won’t be surprised if the room where the evidence are kept suddenly have an accidental fire kuno. In the meantime the suspects are all in very expensive aircon rooms pai for by people’s taxes? My az what kind of Judicial System really.

  • Steno Padilla

    What is it really, April 8 or 18?

  • PlumberfromCanada

    magsisismula pa lang ba?? kung maka dakdak kasi si Dilemma e mukhang solved na ang kaso at alam na niya ang TUTUONG nangyari e….

  • Edward Castro

    puro cynics mga andito

  • JasonBieber

    If this is anything like the Maguindao massacre case then expect things to be delayed and take up to 4 years to even start let alone be complete. Under the PNoy Admin unless is it for propaganda or impeaching the CJ then things take a long time.

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