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Kin facing long wait in Atimonan rubout case

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. AP FILE PHOTO/PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE QUEZON PROVINCIAL DIRECTOR'S OFFICE

The families of 13 men killed in the “Atimonan rubout” a year ago may have to endure a long wait before administrative sanctions could be imposed on 22 policemen tagged in the killings.

Posted: January 7th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Kin of Atimonan rubout victim asks Aquino to ensure justice in case

Relatives of victims of the Atimonan, Quezon shooting visit the site during the 1st year anniversary. INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

The family of Tirso Lontok Jr., one of the 13 victims of the “Atimonan rubout,” lit candles and prayed at the site of the killings along Maharlika Highway here on Sunday, seeking heaven’s intercession as they continued to fight for justice for his death and those of the others at the hands of law enforcers a year ago today (Monday).

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Regional cop chief OK’d checkpoint

Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) regional director of the Philippine National Police, Chief Supt. James Melad,speaks in a news conference at the National Bureau of Investigation Headquarters in Manila on Wednesday for the investigation of the Atimonan encounter,  killing 13 people in an alleged shootout between government security forces and alleged criminals.INQUIRER / NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Sacked Chief Supt. James Melad has admitted he approved the police blockade in Atimonan, Quezon province, where officers under his command and Army soldiers killed 13 alleged criminals on Jan. 6.

Posted: January 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Broker’s kin: administrative charges good, but murder raps better

Passengers glance at the bullet-riddled vehicle of suspected criminals along a road in the town of Atimonan in Quezon province, about 140 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines late Sunday Jan. 6, 2013. Philippine army special forces and police killed 13 suspected criminals in a gunbattle Sunday in the latest violence to erupt in the country in the past week. AP FILE PHOTO

The family of slain real estate broker Paul Arcedillo Quiohilag welcomed the decision of the Philippine National Police to file administrative charges against the 22 policemen involved in the January 6 Atimonan operation but urged that the government’s punitive action should go beyond that.

Posted: January 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

13th victim was just trying to sell insurance, condominium unit


The family of Paul Acedillo Quiohilag, 42, believed he was only a collateral damage in the alleged shootout between government security forces and criminals in Quezon province a week ago.

Posted: January 13th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »