Panel formed to study case vs lawmen in Atimonan rubout-A A +A
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
MANILA -- Five prosecutors have been tasked by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to look into the charges of multiple murder and obstruction of justice against 32 soldiers and policemen involved in the killing of 13 people in Atimonan, Quezon, last January 6.
Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Theodore Villanueva will head the panel with City Prosecutor Vimar Barcellano, Assistant State Prosecutors Hazel Valdez and Niven Canlapan, and Prosecution Attorney Cesar Angelo Chavez as members.
A support team was also formed by Prosecutor General Claro Arellano on Monday to help in the research, documentation, and drafting of the status report on the preliminary investigation to be conducted by the panel.
They are Assistant State Prosecutors Mari Elvira Herrera, Jinky Dedumo, and Katheryn May Rojas.
Arellano said they will try their best to file cases in court after the 60-day period allotted for preliminary investigation.
Sacked Calabarzon police head Chief Superintendent James Melad led the list of respondents in the case filed by the National Bureau of Investigation and the relatives of victims. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)