By Marlon Ramos in Manila and Delfin Mallari Jr. and Maricar Cinco
The gun battle between alleged criminals and government security forces at a checkpoint in Quezon province late on Sunday was an offshoot of a turf war between rival syndicates involved in the numbers racket “jueteng” in Southern Tagalog, according to Inquirer sources in the Philippine National Police.
By Delfin Mallari Jr.
, Maricar Cinco
A senior police official, two other policemen, a soldier and an environmental group officer were among the 13 persons who were killed Sunday in Atimonan, Quezon, in what the Quezon police said was a shootout between law enforcers and suspected members of a crime syndicate operating in the Southern Tagalog region.