Palace admission on Quezon rubout raises more questions – KMU

LaST Sunday’s police and military operation in Atimonan, Quezon, which left 13 people dead, is related to a case operation plan, named “Coplan Armado,” that was submitted to the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission. This admission by a ranking official of the commission raises more questions than answers, according to the labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno.

“Why is this revelation being made only now? Is it because the public now believes that what happened was a rubout and not a shootout?” said the group.

“People cannot help but think that the government, with this revelation, is trying to undermine public outcry over the death of 13 people at the hands of the military and police in what is being claimed to be a checkpoint, no less,” Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson, said.

Is a case operation plan reason enough for the police and military to do away with checkpoint procedures? No less than Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has pointed out the several violations of checkpoint procedures that were committed by the police and military in the Atimonan incident, Labog said.

The PAOCC official’s revelation boosts people’s suspicions that checkpoint procedures were violated on purpose and that what transpired was not a chance encounter but a planned operation, not a shootout but an ambush, he said.

If the objective of Coplan Armado is merely to put Victor “Vic” Siman behind bars, why was he killed along with 12 others? Government officials who are privy to the alleged coplan should be named and investigated.

The public cannot help but think that the Jan. 6 incident in Atimonan, Quezon was an ambush, not a shootout, the objective of which is either to attack a rival criminal syndicate or to silence someone who may possess information that’s damning for top military, police and even government officials.

It raises the question: Who in the Aquino government is the padrino of those who stand to benefit from the Atimonan massacre and the possible coverup of the crime?

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