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Crime casts shadow over Philippines image makeover

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SWAT members of the Philippine National Police make the rounds of business establishments as they go on patrol in Pasay City. AP

Even by the usual standards in the Philippines, where crime is an accepted part of life, the brazen evening robbery of a jewelry store in one of the world’s largest malls shocked residents of Manila.

Posted: February 4th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Day-time checkpoints eyed during election period

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Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima has ordered checkpoints during the day to enforce the election gun ban.

Posted: February 3rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino reiterates support for Ochoa despite Quezon shooting controversy

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Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa

President Aquino sees no reason to doubt Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, the administration’s anticrime czar whose name has been dragged into the police killing of 13 alleged criminals in Atimonan, Quezon, on Jan. 6.

Posted: January 28th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,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 »

De Lima urges soldiers tagged in Quezon shooting to turn state witness

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Justice Secretary Leila De Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Standing by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) witnesses who claimed the Jan. 6 encounter in Atimonan, Quezon was not a shootout, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima asked the 25 Army soldiers and police operatives who took part there to “speak the truth” and promised the government would protect them should they do so.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Calamba City residents suspect another rubout in November 2012

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The initial findings in the investigation of the gun-slaying of 13 people in Atimonan, Quezon province, on Jan. 6, have bolstered the suspicions of some residents here that a similar event that happened here two months ago was also a police rubout.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Quezon shooting witness tells De Lima: ‘Lontok raised his arms but still he was shot’

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A member of the National Bureau of Investigation forensic team examines marks left by a hail of bullets that hit this SUV and another vehicle, and killed all 13 onboard, including police officers and soldiers. Most of the bullets were believed to have been fired by a police-military team stationed at a checkpoint in Atimonan, Quezon. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima is convinced that the incident in Atimonan, Quezon where 13 people were killed is “definitely not a shootout.”

Posted: January 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Palace admits Quezon shooting probe to test Aquino’s ‘straight path’ policy

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A member of the NBI fornensic team examines one of the bullet riddled SUV at the Municipal Police Station in Atimonan, Quezon where 13 people were  killed in an alleged 'shootout' with police and military at a checkpoint last January 6.INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

The investigation of the killing of 13 people in a supposed gun battle between government security forces and alleged criminals in Atimonan, Quezon province, on Jan. 6 has become test of President Aquino’s good government policy, Malacañang acknowledged on Wednesday.

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

Quezon shooting to be re-enacted

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A member of the NBI fornensic team examines one of the bullet riddled SUV at the Municipal Police Station in Atimonan, Quezon where 13 people were  killed in an alleged 'shootout' with police and military at a checkpoint last January 6.INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and members of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will go to Atimonan, Quezon to reenact the incident where 13 people were killed last Jan. 6 including three soldiers, 3 police officers and an environmentalist.

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

Dumlao says ‘Coplan Armado’ legitimate

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A member of the NBI fornensic team examines one of the bullet riddled SUV at the Municipal Police Station in Atimonan, Quezon where 13 people were  killed in an alleged 'shootout' with police and military at a checkpoint last January 6.INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

The commander of the Calabarzon Public Safety Battalion Glen Dumlao on Wednesday defended Coplan Armado, the operation that led to the death of 13 people last Jan. 6.

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

Suarez wants House to probe Quezon shooting

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Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

House minority leader Danilo Suarez will insist on having a congressional inquiry into the Quezon shooting incident which left 13 people dead.

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

Soldiers in Atimonan ‘shootout’ restricted to barracks

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Police pass by 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. 7, 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/Aaron Favila

The 25 soldiers involved in an alleged shootout in Atimonan, Quezon that left out 13 people dead early this month have been restricted to their barracks pending the investigation of the case, the military said.

Posted: January 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Palace anti-crime body will still be probed over Quezon shootout

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Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. FILE PHOTO

The Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) would still be investigated in connection with the Jan. 6 shooting in Atimonan, Quezon, that left 13 dead, even if the body has denied ever approving the police operation against alleged jueteng operator Victor Siman, one of the fatalities in the alleged shootout, Malacañang said on Sunday.

Posted: January 13th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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