PNP says Marantan obstructing justice in Atimonan incident

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has started to loose its temper to the continued non-cooperation of Supt. Hansel Marantan in the police fact-finding investigation on the Atimonan shooting incident last January 6.

Marantan headed a composite team of police and soldiers that figured in an alleged shootout with a group of armed men at a checkpoint in Atimonan, Quezon resulting to 13 people killed, six of them are police and military personnel.

PNP Spokesman, Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., said in a statement that Marantan’s non-cooperation to the PNP Fact-Finding Team is tantamount to unduly withholding the truth behind the death of 13 persons in the controversial incident.

“The PNP is duty-bound to provide the public with a reasonable explanation of the actions of all police personnel involved in the incident, Marantan included,” Cerbo said in the statement.

The police official said the objective of the PNP Fact-Finding team under the Directorate for Investigative and Detective Management (DIDM) is to determine if the Police Operational Procedure (POP) were violated in the said incident.

“Much as the personnel involved rightfully deserve due process and the benefit of the doubt under the presumption of regularity in the performance of duty, including Marantan,” Cerbo said.

The PNP spokesman added that Marantan’s continued refusal to give his statement and turn-over evidence to the DIDM investigators constitute an obstruction of justice and outright insubordination

“In this case, Marantan is now deemed as having waived his right to present his side. From here, the PNP will now initiate appropriate procedural actions to determine the administrative culpability of all parties concerned,” Cerbo said.

The PNP spokesman added that they are now leaving to the Department of Justice and National Bureau of Investigation the task of completing the criminal aspect of the investigation for prosecution.

“Rest assured the PNP will cooperate fully with the DOJ-NBI in this case,” Cerbo said.

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