Cops kill another member of Siman group

Posted at 01/14/13 8:27 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Another member of the Vic Siman group was killed by policemen in San Juan, Batangas early morning on Monday.

The family of Fernando “Pandoy” Morales fears he was killed because of his supposed knowledge of the alleged shootout in Atimonan, Quezon which took the lives of 13 people.

Morales used to work for Siman, one of those who died after supposedly engaging police in a gun battle last January 6.

According to Merlita, Morales’ wife, at least 20 armed men wearing police uniforms forced into their home around 2:00 a.m. The men supposedly were not able to show any warrants of arrest.

“Naitulak pa nga ako,sabi ng asawa ko magpapantalon lamang sya kasi naka-brief lamang siya,” Merlita said.

Merlita and her son John-John would later hear gun shots outside their home. “Nakabulagta na ng makita ko ang tatay,” John-John said.

According to Inspector Alelie Buaquen of the Provincial Police Safety Command, they arrested Morales for possessing an illegal gun. She alleged police later shot Morales, who tried to fight off his arresting officers.

Morales’ family is not convinced, however. “Nagtataka kami bakit may baril sa tabi ng tatay ko ay wala naman siyang baril,” John-John said.

They said Morales had already stopped working for Siman, an alleged jueteng operator. They are now appealing for protection, fearing that they will be next after the family patriarch.

The shootout was allegedly part of the so-called police operation called “Oplan Armado”. The Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) earlier denied approving the plan.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is now probing into the incident after news came out that some of the guns were planted at the scene. – from a report by Joan Panopio, ABS-CBN Southern Tagalog