PNP statement on Marantan’s non-cooperation
Statement of C/Supt. Generoso R. Cerbo Jp., PNP spokesman
The continued non-cooperation by P/Supt Hansel Marantan to the PNP Fact-finding team is tantamount to unduly witholding the truth behind the death of 13 persons in that controversial Atimonan incident on January 6.
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.
It is precisely the objective of the Fact-finding body under the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) to determine whether or not violations of policy, particularly the Police Operational Procedures (POP) where violated in the 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, Marantan’s continued refusal to give his statement and turnover evidence to DIDM investigators constitute 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.
We leave it to the DOJ-NBI to complete the criminal aspect of investigation for prosecution.
Rest asured the PNP will cooperate fully with the DOJ-NBI in this case.