Probe on SUVs raises new doubts over 'shootout'

Posted at 01/16/13 8:50 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has finished processing the two vehicles involved in the alleged shootout in Atimonan, Quezon.

Two black Mitsubishi Monteros were used by the fatalities in the alleged shootout.

The first has a commemorative PNPA plate in front and a special plate (VIC 27) at the back.   

The second Montero has no plates.

In the bullet trajectory reconstruction of the NBI, 214 bullets entered from the right side of the vehicle while 96 slugs exited.

On the second vehicle are 59 bullet entry points and 33 exit points.

A source from the NBI said 6 bullets from a .45 caliber pistol were fired from inside the first vehicle.

But the source adds that if the occupants returned fire, why was there no tattooing on the door of the vehicle?
Tattooing happens when the muzzle of a gun is 24 inches or less from an object, which should be the case if someone fired from inside the SUV.

Observations on the second vehicle, meantime, show that the doors of the Montero were slowly being opened while it was being fired upon.

This could be an indication that its occupants were trying to get off.

ABS-CBN’s source says, based on the number of bullet holes, the brunt of the offensive was on the first vehicle.

And even if they were armed, the occupants of the second vehicle would have had no choice but to surrender.

Authorities are now trying to determine who were on what vehicle, and where Paul Arsedillo Quiohilag was positioned.

Quiohilag is the lone fatality who shows indications of being shot from close range. -- ANC