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Military bares cops tampered with evidence in Quezon ‘shootout’

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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 fired the firearms of the victims in the infamous Quezon shooting incident and shot one of the victims despite a soldier’s call to take the wounded to the hospital, the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines told the Department of Justice (DoJ) handling the Atimonan killing preliminary investigation.

Posted: April 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DOJ preliminary probe into Quezon ‘shootout’ to press ahead – De Lima

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Justice Secretary Leila de Lima: Manila probe. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The formal preliminary investigation into the infamous Quezon “shootout” will push through as there is no order from the Supreme Court stopping the probe, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said Tuesday.

Posted: April 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Army won’t rush into discharging soldiers in Quezon ‘rubout’

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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 Philippine Army on Thursday said that soldiers tagged in the Atimonan, Quezon “rubout” will not be discharged from service outright.

Posted: March 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

People find PNP official’s tales hard to believe

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The more Supt. Hansel Marantan opens his mouth, the more he gets buried deeper in a quicksand of public opinion.

Posted: February 12th, 2013 in On Target | Read More »

NBI: Slain PNP officer faced murder raps

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http://www.nbi.gov.ph/ photo

The police official who was killed with alleged illegal gambling lord Victor “Vic” Siman in Atimonan, Quezon, on Jan. 6 was under prosecution for murder, according to the records of the National Bureau of Investigation.

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

22 cops in Quezon shooting facing charges, dismissal

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Supt. Hansel Marantan. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

They did not only break police checkpoint rules but they also went beyond their jurisdiction.

Posted: January 25th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

De Lima says 3rd witness bolsters ‘no-shootout’ story

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Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. FILE PHOTO

A third witness has surfaced to bolster the testimony of the two witnesses who earlier said that no shootout occurred in a Jan. 6 encounter in which government forces killed 13 members of an alleged criminal group at a checkpoint in Atimonan, Quezon, according to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

Posted: January 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Quezon shooting a blessing–Purisima

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Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima: Not prematurely cleaned up. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

The new Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is not losing sleep over the controversies plaguing the 148,000-strong force.

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

New Calabarzon police chief: Draw lessons from Atimonan encounter

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Chief Supt. Benito Estipona. PHOTO FROM PNPSPD.ORG

Careful not to comment on the investigation of the Atimonan, Quezon, operation that killed 13 people, the new regional director of the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) police assured the public that he would enforce stricter compliance with proper operational procedures, including the setting up of checkpoints.

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Atimonan ‘shootout’ likened to killing of 6 in Calamba

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Supt. Hansel Marantan. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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 of this city that a similar incident that happened here two months ago was a police rubout.

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Purses with pebbles puzzle probers

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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

Investigators are puzzling out some things that have been found on 13 people killed in a supposed shootout with police and soldiers in Atimonan, Quezon province, on Jan. 6. For instance, coin purses filled with pebbles were found in each of 11 of the 13 victims.

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

‘Marantan testimony no longer needed’—De Lima

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ATIMONAN 13 Two witnesses (with caps and covered faces) narrate to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and NBI Director Nonnatus Rojas how a team of policemen and soldiers shot dead all 13 people in two SUVS in Atimonan, Quezon, on Jan. 6. RAFFY LERMA

Should Supt. Hansel Marantan finally decide to speak up on his role in the controversial police operation that left 13 people dead here on Jan. 6, his testimony would no longer matter, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Thursday.

Posted: January 18th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Lontok, companion killed in cold blood–witnesses

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TERMINATED WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE  In a reenactment of the killing of 13 people in Atimonan, Quezon, someone from the NBI posing as a policeman shoots at close range a person who played environmentalist Tirso Lontok Jr. Two witnesses said the policeman shot Lontok while he had his hands up and delivered the coup de grace when the environmentalist fell in a roadside canal. Photo was enhanced to focus on the reenactment. RAFFY LERMA

Environmentalist Tirso Lontok Jr. stepped out of the second vehicle, hands raised. A companion also got off, raising his hands. If they were thinking that following orders to get off would save their lives, they were wrong. Gunfire ripped the air and they fell into a roadside canal, dead.

Posted: January 18th, 2013 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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