MANILA – The Atimonan shooting incident last January 6 was a rubout. This was the conclusion of the report submitted by the Department of Justice and National Bureau of Investigation to the President.
Malacanang said President Aquino has ordered the filing of multiple murder charges against 21 policemen and 14 soldiers involved in the rubout.
The attack on the convoy of the group of businessman Vic Siman left 13 dead including Siman and some policemen and soldiers who accompanied him on a trip.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, meantime, said scene of the crime operatives committed lapses in handling evidence and many of the firearms surrendered were not the ones used in the shooting.
"Ang pinaka-conclusion po ng NBI ay similar din po sa conclusion ng PNP fact finding similar meaning walang shootout it was the same as summary execution or rubout. There is no indication that the victims fired from within the 2 SUVs due to the absence of powder residue and it is nothing on the inside panel of the SUV,” she said.
The PNP, meanwhile, said it respects the President's decision to order the filing of charges against policemen involved in the Atimonan rubout.
PNP spokesman Generoso Cerbo said police officers facing charges are still under police custody and will be made available to face their charges.
The team leader of the operation, Supt. Hansel Marantan, remains confined at the PNP hospital. He is undergoing rehabilitation for injuries he claims he sustained in the rubout.
ANC TOP STORY, March 6, 2013