Kin of slain Quezon men emotional in burial

Posted at 01/14/2013 2:47 PM

Relatives of some of the 13 slain men in a police encounter in Atimonan, Quezon turned emotional during the burial of their loved ones.

Paulo Quiohilag, Jun Lontok, Jimbeam Justiniani, Leonardo Catapang Marasigan, Gerry Siman and Victorino Siman were among those killed during the alleged gun battle in Atimonan last January 6. They were laid to rest in their respective provinces by their loved ones.

Police said they were part of a notorious gun-for-hire group, but their families believe otherwise.

The checkpoint police had also said the 13 slain men were the first to open fire. However, the victims' relatives believe the incident was a rub-out.

- Umagang Kay Ganda, 14 January 2013