PNP turns over Quezon evidence to NBI

By Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 17 2013 03:00 PM | Updated as of Jan 17 2013 11:00 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday turned over to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) the evidence in the alleged shootout in Atimonan, Quezon last January 6.

It took the PNP Crime Laboratory two hours to turn over boxes full of evidence to the NBI, as the probe into the Atimonan shooting incident continues.

Several high-powered rifles, short firearms, and hundreds of slugs, shells and live ammunition were catalogued and handed over by the PNP to their counterparts in the NBI.

Also turned over were 11 pairs of clothing belonging to the casualties.

Some crucial pieces of evidence, however, are still not in the possession of the PNP nor the NBI.

These include the firearm of Supt. Hansel Marantan, the team leader of the joint police and military forces involved in the alleged shootout, and the rifles of the soldiers.

The NBI said they will require Marantan to turn over his firearm for analysis.

The NBI will subject the firearms to ballistics examinations to piece together what really happened in the bloody shooting that left 13 people dead.

While the team that conducted the operation insists it was a legitimate encounter, some officials have raised doubt over the claim.

The NBI is investigating if the police and soldiers involved are liable for any wrongdoing.