Arrest warrant out for Atimonan bloodbath suspects-A A +A
Friday, September 20, 2013
A QUEZON court on Friday ordered the arrest of 13 policemen linked to the deadly shooting incident in the province’s Atimonan town last January 6.
Covered by the order issued by Judge Maria Chona Pulgar-Navarro of Gumaca Regional Trial Court branch 61 were those facing multiple murder charges, namely: Superintendent Hansel Marantan, former deputy intelligence chief of Calabarzon police and main respondent, and Superintendent Ramon Balauag.
Also in the list were Police Senior Inspector John Paolo Carracedo; Senior Police Officer 1 Arturo Sarmiento; Police Senior Inspector Timoteo Orig; Police Chief Inspector Grant Gollod, 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; and PO1 Rodel Talento.
No bail was set by the court for the respondents' temporary liberty.
The Justice department said the respondents "conspired and confederated with each other to eliminate the victims" and not a shootout between the security forces and the group of suspected illegal gambling operator Vic Siman.
"Evidence is clear that respondents PNP (Philippine National Police) and AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) personnel... fired upon the victims who were on board two Mitsubishi Monteros, and that the gunshot wounds they sustained caused their deaths," the resolution stated.
Obstruction of justice raps were filed against Police Senior Inspector John Paolo Carracedo and Lieutenant Rico Tagure, head of the Philippine Army contingent that blocked Siman's convoy.
The cases are pending with the Atimonan Municipal Circuit Trial Court. Arrest warrants have yet to be issued, said Prosecutor General Claro Arellano in a text message.
Carracedo allegedly tampered and altered the crime scene when he deliberately fired the firearms of the dead victims in the air or in different directions.
Tagure, meanwhile, was accused of breaking the glass window of the two Monteros and opening the first Montero's door upon Carracedo's orders to show that one of the victims had tried to escape. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)