MANILA — The January 6, 2013 bloodbath in Atimonan, Quezon was a case of rubout, as no shootout occurred.
This was the finding of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in its probe of the incident that resulted in the death of 13 people, who included police officers. Acting on the NBI findings, President Benigno Aquino III ordered last March 6 the Department of Justice (DoJ) to file criminal and administrative charges against Police Supt. Hansel Marantan, 20 other policemen and 14 soldiers.[box type=”default” size=”large”] All 13 victims were summarily executed, NBI report states [/box]In a statement, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said Aquino has accepted “in full” the findings of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) regarding the incident, which resulted in the death of 13 people, including police officers, at a police checkpoint manned by Marantan’s group.
“After a thorough review of the NBI Executive Report on the incident in Atimonan, Quezon, the President has directed Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima to file the appropriate criminal and administrative charges against Hansel Marantan, (Chief Superintendent) James Andres Melad and others,” Valte said.
Melad was chief of the Calabarzon police office at the time of the incident.
“Ultimately, the NBI probe reached the conclusion that no shootout occurred, thus, validating the initial report of the PNP (Philippine National Police) fact-finding committee. The probe findings also showed that all the victims were summarily executed and all indications point to a rubout,” Valte said.
Aside from Melad and Marantan, 19 other policemen were ordered charged.
They are Senior Inspector John Paolo Carracedo, Senior Police Officer 1 Arturo Sarmiento, Superintendent Ramon Balauag, Senior Inspector Timoteo Orig, Senior Police Officer 3 Joselito de Guzman, Senior Police Officer 1 Carlo Cataquiz, Police Officer 3 Eduardo Oronan, PO2 Nelson Indal, PO2 Al Bhazar Jailani, PO1 Wryan Sardea, PO1 Rodel Talento, PCI Grant Gollod, Inspector Ferdinand Aguilar, Inspector Evaristo San Juan, PO3 Benedict Dimayuga, PO2 Ronnie Serdena, PO1 Esperidion Corpuz Jr., PO1 Bernie De Leon and PO1 Allen Ayubo.
The 14 military personnel to be charged are:
Lt. Col. Monico Abang (battalion commander), Captain Erwin Macalinao, First Lieutenant Rico Tagure, Technical Sergeant Melanio Balauitan, Cpl. Clark Magusara, Private First Class (PFC) Michael Franco, PFCs Kirby-Tam Coronel, Alvin Roque Pabon, Ricky Jay Borja, Melvin Lumalang and Gil Gallego, and Privates Marc Zaldy Docdoc, Emergin Barrete and Michard Mangao.
“The recommendation is for multiple murder charges,” Valte said, adding that the conclusion reached by NBI investigators was that no shootout occurred, belying the claim of Marantan, who was wounded in the incident.
“Police Superintendent Marantan claimed that he had reliable information proving that private armed groups were being utilized not only in illegal numbers game but also in the illegal drugs trade and also by politicians for the liquidation of their political opponents,” the 64-page NBI report stated. (With report by Patricia Denise Chiu/KBK/RSJ, GMA News)