NBI gets hold of Marantan, gun
MANILA, Philippines - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) finally got hold of the controversial police officer who led the operation in Quezon province that left 13 people dead.
NBI agents visited police Superintendent Hansel Marantan at the St. Luke's Hospital in Taguig on Friday morning.
In a video obtained by ABS-CBN News, Marantan's attending orthopedic surgeon is seen personally explaining the police officer's condition to the NBI.
Marantan was shot in his left leg, with the bullet going through and piercing his right leg.
Doctors recovered the bullet slug that hit Marantan.
They placed bone plates on Marantan's left leg and left arm, where he also sustained a gunshot wound.
The NBI agents were shown Marantan's X-rays to prove that he did sustain fractures from the gunshots.
Marantan's doctor added that the patient was supposed to check out of the hospital already but his wounds became infected.
Dr. Alvin David, head of the NBI's medico-legal division, said Marantan expressed willingness to undergo investigation by the bureau.
Marantan's camp denies he did not cooperate with the Philippine National Police in its investigation on the Quezon Incident, as reported by Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.
Roxas on Wednesday urged Marantan to stop his "drama" and face the investigation on the January 6 incident.
Roxas was reacting to Marantan's alleged refusal to subject himself to the fact-finding team set up by the PNP on the bloodbath wherein alleged illegal gambling personalities were involved.
"Siguro huwag na siyang mag-drama dahil nung pumunta doon at binisita siya ng PNP fact-finding ay tumanggi siyang sumagot sa mga katanungan at tumanggi siya na magpa-inspect o magpatingin sa kanila," he told radio dzMM last Wednesday.
The PNP said Marantan faces charges of obstruction of justice and insubordination if he does not cooperate with the investigation.
According to Marantan's lawyer, Dr. Hector Corpuz, police talked to Marantan at the hospital but did not return for his medical records.
Corpuz also criticized Justice Secretary Leila De Lima for saying that the Atimonan incident was not a shootout.
Marantan has surrendered ammunition and the 9mm Glock pistol that he used during the Atimonan operation.
He surrendered his gun to Isabelo D. Silvestre Jr., officer-in-charge of the NBI Firearms Investigation Division.
However, the police officer still refused to give his statement on the controversial encounter between joint police and military forces and alleged members of the Vic Siman group.
"'Yung baril nasa amin na, isinurender na nila for examination," NBI Special Investigator 3 Federico Criste said.
"Negative ang statement pa, magsa-submit na lang ng kaniyang affidavit upon the advise of his counsel," he added.
The legitimacy of the police operation has come under question amid allegations that Marantan was engaged in a jueteng turf rivalry with Siman.
Marantan has repeatedly denied that the gun battle was a rubout.
He has been linked to 4 other shooting incidents that were allegedly "rubouts" of criminal elements.
De Lima said Marantan was involved in another alleged shootout in Parañaque City in 2008 where 16 people were killed, including at least 5 civilians.
Other shooting incidents involving Marantan occurred in Ortigas, Pasig City; and Lucena City and Candelaria in Quezon.