Atimonan rubout: No change in the military, police under Aquino

IT is evident that the January 6 incident in Atimonan, Quezon was a rubout and not a shootout as earlier reported, according to the Kilusang Mayo Uno.

“It is becoming clearer and clearer that the rubout is related to criminal activities, most possibly the illegal numbers game jueteng,” the group said in a statement.

Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson, said the rubout shows that the military and the police have not changed under Pres. Noynoy Aquino. They are still engaged in criminal activities and still capable of killing in order to protect the interests of criminal syndicates, he said.

The gruesome Atimonan incident hints at the huge amounts of money and power involved in criminal activities, especially jueteng, Labog said.

Previous presidents have been the subject of allegations that linked them to jueteng and other criminal activities. One of the issues that further angered the people against former Pres. Joseph Estrada was his involvement in jueteng.

The group claimed that the persistence of these criminal activities and of infighting within the ranks of the police and military in relation to these activities cast a negative light on Pres. Aquino and his promise of change to the Filipino people.

Past administrations have found jueteng and other criminal activities as convenient sources of wealth amidst the drying of state coffers due to payments for foreign debts, tax breaks for big capitalists, corruption, and a bankrupt economy, he said.

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