Never again, Aquino says of Atimonan slays

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President Aquino congratulates class valedictorian Jhon Felix Pascual Jr. during the Philippine National Police Academy’s commencement exercise of Class Tagapamagitan 2013 held in Camp Mariano N. Castañeda, Silang, Cavite province. LYN RILLON

SILANG, Cavite—There should be no repeat of the bloody Atimonan, Quezon, incident.

President Aquino on Friday gave this marching order to the new graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) as he called on them to tread his policy of “tuwid na daan (straight path).”

Addressing the 34th commencement exercises of the police academy here, the President warned the 252 members of the PNPA Tagapamagitan Class of 2013 that his administration would not tolerate those who violate the law.

He cited the bloody Atimonan, Quezon, incident, which stained the good image of the police service. “It’s very clear that somebody committed wrongdoing and put the law into their own hands,” Aquino said in his speech, which he delivered in Filipino.

“As the elections near, we cannot allow this tragedy to happen again. As additional forces to our uniformed service, I’m confident that you will help us in holding clean, honest and free elections which will determine our future,” he added.

Not optional

As the commander-in-chief of the police and military, the President reminded the graduates that “obeying the law is not optional.”

“My order is very clear … I will not tolerate those who continue to disregard my directives,” he said, drawing laud applause from the crowd.

Thirteen people, including a PNPA graduate and two other police officers, were killed in a joint police and military checkpoint in Atimonan on Jan. 6, which the Philippine National Police (PNP) earlier claimed was a shootout and a legitimate police operation.

But separate investigations conducted by the PNP and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) found that the policemen and soldiers who took part in the operation broke several rules on engagement.

Exactly two months after the incident, Aquino ordered the filing of multiple murder charges against 21 PNP officers and 14 soldiers who took part in the operations.

Interestingly, the leader of the police operation, Supt. Hansel Marantan, is a member and class president of the PNPA Class 1998. Among the fatalities was Supt. Alfredo Consemino of PNPA Class 1986, who was then traveling with Vic Siman, an alleged gambling lord and said to be the target of the operation.

In his speech, Aquino reminded the new police, fire and jail officers that as public officials, they should “not fail our bosses—the Filipino people.”

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  • $8866117

    ikaw (abnoy) ang unang una, bumabastos sa mga boss mo, na lagi mong ipinaalala sa mga nakakababa sayo na laging sundin ang boss. Masiyadong mabulaklak at matamis ang dila mo. nalaman mo na madaling paligayahin ang bayan pilipinas

  • kawawang_bansa

    Walk the talk, mr. Aquino! Be president for all; do the job that you had yourself elected for 3 years ago. Stop blaming arroyo for your failures…you’ve got 3 years left and you are bloody wasting so much time campaigning instaed of running the afairs of state and government. In short, stop muckinga around!

  • XY ZEE

    Never again, Aquino says of Atimonan slays

    Never again maiimbestiagahan si Jojo Ochoa tungkol sa kinalaman niya sa Jueteng.

  • mekeni62

    ‘never again!” parang may magagawa ano po?

  • divictes

    Excuse me po, bakit po sine-sir yung pulis e kami pala ang boss?

  • wawa2172

    Never again that the Atimonan rubout will be repeated? Wait until Ping Lacson is appointed in the cabinet at maraming cabinet na may trasparent na salamin na may lamang biktima nang salvage ang makikita. PNoy is all rhetoric and the reinstatement of Ping’s men in the PNP will have a repeat of history. Marantan was well supported by former Ping’s men na nabalik sa pwesto na di alam nang taong bayan. Noy ingat lang baka ikaw ang madali ni Ping, remember iniwan niya si Erap nuon.

  • Kirat

    So President Aquino gives an unusually harsh speech to a PNPA graduating class. A harsher reality may be that his “Tuwid na Daan” can only be achieved if policemen such as these enforce the laws. These young people are tasked to fight crime, high or petty; and not all of them will live to see retirement. If he can be so pedantic and self-righteous to a batch of young lieutenants, I would at least give him points for consistency if he used a similar tone on people higher up and closer to him. So far, there have been no reports of Aquino berating them similarly.

  • kismaytami

    How many of them will make millions out of kotong?

  • JasonBieber

    Here goes PNoy once again making promises that he won’t be able to keep. It would be better for him to just do what is necessary to make sure it won’t happen again oppose to not doing much in terms of action but rather doing much in terms of talking. it’s just a bunch of talk as usual.

  • siegfeil

    Nung una pinuri Pres. Abnoy Pinoy yung mga na involve sa slaing ngayon baliktad na. Aba anu ba talaga boss!!!! saan ka ba????Ang gaganda nang uniform nakakabilib after years of service stained with corruption and bribery. Tulad din yan nung mga kakapasa lang nang bar.

  • disqusted0fu

    Tell that to the hand because the face ain’t listening anymore. How many times has Pnoy made a promise and left it to be unfulfilled? People should already know that by now that the President is all talk. They should not expect anything from him to avoid disappointment.

  • disqusted0fu

    The elections, by the way, can not be clean, honest and free because as early as now the more wealthy and powerful party is harassing their opponents and brainwashing the electorates. And you can’t eliminate the fact that the PCOS machines are still inaccurate up to this point.

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