Marantan ready to face raps for Atimonan shooting

From a report by Gus Abelgas, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 07 2013 09:44 PM | Updated as of Feb 08 2013 05:44 AM

MANILA – Police Superintendent Hansel Marantan, the police officer who led the bloody Atimonan, Quezon incident, said he and his men will respect the findings of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and they will face whatever charges that will be filed against them.

Marantan insists that what happened on January 6 was a shootout.

“Rerespetuhin namin ‘yan, gaya ng pag-respeto namin sa kanila when they started the investigation. Gusto ko din maintindihan nila at maunawaan nila that we maintain the position that it was a shootout,” he said.

The NBI has submitted to the President the results of its investigation on the killing of alleged "jueteng" operator Vic Siman and 12 others.

The NBI is recommending the filing of murder charges against Marantan and his men.

Marantan, however, remains firm that the operation against Siman's group was legitimate.

He said Siman was not only involved in “jueteng” and illegal drugs but also linked to other crimes.

“The group of Vic Siman, palaging kasama ang mga taong may warrant. Vic Siman is the missing link in the RCBC massacre tapos ‘yung sa hijacking, pilferage and many others,” said Marantan.

Marantan, who remains in restrictive custody, was transferred to the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City on Thursday to undergo an electromyogram.

Marantan sustained gunshot wounds in his left arm and left leg in the alleged shooutout.