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

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.

Posted: March 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Regional cop chief OK’d checkpoint

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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 »

Police official admits approving the checkpoint where 13 were killed in Quezon

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Chief Superintendent James Melad. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Sacked Chief Superintendent James Melad, the former director of the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) regions, admitted he gave the go-signal to put up the checkpoint in Atimonan, Quezon, on January 6 where 13 people were killed.

Posted: January 24th, 2013 in Uncategorized | Read More »

13 men converged in time to rendezvous with death

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January 5, the day before they met their end in Atimonan, Quezon province, the victims, coming from various places, met up with Victor “Vic” Siman at Turbina bus terminal in Calamba, Laguna. They boarded two sports utility vehicles belonging to Siman and the group drove to Jose Panganiban in Camarines Norte, according to a relative of one of the victims.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Sacked Calabarzon police chief defends ‘Coplan Armado’

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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

Even if disapproved, “Coplan Armado” will still push through because approval from the Presidential Anti-Organize Crime Commission (PAOCC) was for funding purposes only, Chief Superintendent James Melad, former Regional Director for Region IV-A of Calabarzon said Wednesday.

Posted: January 16th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Calabarzon cop chief insists Atimonan operation legitimate

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The top police official in southern Luzon on Monday insisted that the police operation in Atimonan town, Quezon province, that led to the killing of 13 alleged criminals on Jan. 6 was legitimate despite an initial finding by police investigators that use of excessive force led to so many deaths.

Posted: January 15th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Senate to hold inquiry on ‘Atimonan 13’ slays

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Sen. Gregorio Honasan II. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Senate will open an inquiry into the killing of 13 people in a supposed shootout between government security forces and alleged criminals in Atimonan town, Quezon province, on Jan. 6.

Posted: January 15th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Why ‘Coplan Armado’ was not approved

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The Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) did not approve a proposed police operation against alleged “jueteng” operator Victor “Vic” Siman because it was a potentially bloody business, the Inquirer learned on Saturday.

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

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