DOJ summons cops, soldiers in Quezon ‘rubout’
MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Justice (DOJ) has summoned the policemen and soldiers implicated in the death of 13 people in Atimonan, Quezon last January.
Senior Assistant Deputy State Prosecutor Theodore Villanueva, head of the DOJ investigating body said the personnel are required to appear on the first preliminary investigation hearing on April 8 at 2 in the afternoon.
Ordered to appear before the panel are Chief Superintendent James Andres Melad, Superintendent Hansel Marantan, Senior Inspector John Paolo Carracedo, Senior Police Officer 1 Arturo Sarmiento, Superintendent Ramon Balauag, Senior Inspector Timoteo Orig, SPO3 Joselito De Guzman, SPO1 Carlo Cataquiz, Police Officer 3 Eduardo Oronan, PO2 Nelson Indal, PO2 Al Bhazar Jailani, PO1 Wryan Sardea, PO1 Rodel Talento, PCI Grant Gollod, Inspectors Ferdinand Aguilar, Evaristo San Juan, PO3 Benedict Dimayuga, PO2 Ronnie Serdena, PO1 Esperidion Corpuz Jr., PO1 Bernie De Leon and PO1 Allen Ayubo.
Also summoned are AFP personnel Lieutenant Colonel Monico Abang, the Battalion Commander, Captain Erwin Macalinao, 1Lieutenant Rico Tagure, Technical Sergeant Melanio Balauitan, Cpl. Clark Magusara, Private First Class Michael Franco, PFC Kirby-Tam Coronel, PFC Alvin Roque Pabon, PFC Ricky Jay Borja, PFC Melvin Lumalang, PFC Gil Gallego, Private Marc Zaldy Docdoc, PVT. Emergin Barrete and PVT. Michard Manago.
The summon stated that failure of the police and military personnel to appear before the panel would mean a waiver of their right to be heard and the case will be resolved based on the evidence submitted by the National Bureau of Investigation.
The police and military personnel were charged after the NBI investigation showed that there was no shootout but the 13 victims were summarily executed.
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