De Lima: Arrest warrants out soon for Atimonan killings
MANILA - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima expects the issuance of arrest warrants against those charged for the Atimonan, Quezon incident that resulted in the death of 13 people.
De Lima issued the statement after the case they filed Thursday before the Gumaca, Quezon, Regional Trial Court (RTC) was raffled off in the afternoon. There are only 2 RTC branches in Gumaca.
The National Prosecution Service found probable cause for multiple murder against 13 individuals, including police and soldiers.
De Lima said the 13 respondents include Supt. Hansel Marantan.
However, his superior Chief Supt. James Melad and some soldiers were not included in the case.
"Hindi nila nahanapan ng indication na they were in connivance or one in doing the shooting or the killing of the 13 victims," de Lima said.
"Mayroon din na obstruction of justice na finile against one officer and one PNP officer. Iyung PNP officer, iyung naalala niyo established by evidence and testified on by some Army personnel, na kinuha baril at pinagpaputok on air after alleged shootout," she said.
"Iyung Army officer na pinapakasuhan ng obstruction of justice, iyung nagbasag ng windshield on the say-so of the PNP officer to make it appear na talagang may nanggaling din na putok galing sa Montero," she added.
De Lima said as far as the DOJ knows, the personnel involved have been in the restrictive custody of their units as they are also facing administrative cases.