Initial NBI findings bolster rubout angle

By Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 15 2013 07:38 PM | Updated as of Jan 16 2013 10:52 PM

One fatality has marks of close-range shots: reautopsy

10 killed in Atimonan negative for paraffin: source

Marantan insists it was a shootout

MANILA (UPDATE) – Investigators are now focusing on the re-autopsy on Paul Arsedillo Quiohilag, one of the 13 fatalities in the alleged shootout in Atimonan, Quezon.

He is one of two victims said to have been brought to the hospital after the incident.

Quiohilag was shot at least seven times, with one of the bullets hitting his left temple.

But a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) source revealed that there was tattooing or powder burns on Quiohilag's face.

This means he could have been shot at close range.

Quiohilag's left chest also bore a nozzle mark, which means a gun could have been pressed before it was fired.

The NBI source added that based on the trajectory of the bullet that hit Quiohilag on the head, the shooter was either on a higher position or Quiohilag was crouching when he was shot.

The source also revealed that 10 of the 13 fatalities tested negative in paraffin tests.

Quiohilag and two others, police officer Gruet Montuano and Gerry Ancero Siman, tested positive.

But the source said it's possible they were positive for gunpowder residue because they may have been shot at close range.

'Shootout, not rubout'

Nine days after the deadly shootout in Atimonan, Quezon, the man who hatched the operation again faced ABS-CBN News.

Police Superintendent Hansel Marantan showed a photo of Scene of the Crime (SOCO) operatives visiting him at the hospital.

Marantan said this is proof that he's open to the investigation of the Philippine National Police fact-finding team, contrary to reports.

“In fact mayroon kaming photographs to include the case number na they were welcomed here sa room ko. I even encouraged them na bigyan ng pansin ‘yung slug na nakuha dito sa katawan ko, baka sakaling makapagbigay linaw sa sinasabing shooutout,” said Marantan.

Marantan also denies that what happened was a rubout and not a shootout.

“I vehemently deny na it was a rubout. I can swear to my God that it was not a rubout. This injury was not a self-inflicted injury, I’ll even allow my attending doctor to explain the nature of my injury,” he said.

Meanwhile, “Rey” (not his real name) claims to be a former member of the Vic Siman group.

He said he knows 12 of the 13 men killed in the shootout.

"Niyaya kami ni Siman, galing mismo sa bibig niya na part sila ng KFR. Those early days 2000, tapos nag-lie low lang sila tapos ginawang front ‘yung illegal gambling,” he said.

Asked why he came forward to speak to media, Rey said: “Ang purpose ko niyan is humingi rin ng tulong dahil umalis na ako sa grupo eh. Ang problema gusto nila akong kanain…kasi dito sa amin, ‘pag kumalas ka dito pinabalik at ayaw mo asahan mo na may kalalagyan ka.”

Marantan is expected to face the National Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday. – ANC; with a report from Doland Castro, ABS-CBN News