MANILA – The shooting incident in Atimonan, Quezon “used excessive force” or overkill, according to a report by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
This is the result of the NBI's investigation based on information relayed by sources who were part of the probe.
The vehicles of the victims slowed down after seeing a truck blocking the road.
Based on witness' testimonies, the group of Superintendent Hansel Marantan immediately started firing at the two SUVs.
Killed immediately were occupants on the passenger side of the first vehicle, identified as Maximo Pelayo, Victor Siman, and Victorino Atienza.
Jun Lontoc, who was seated behind the driver, grabbed the .45 caliber of Gerry Siman and slowly made his way out of the vehicle.
Having already been shot, he was nearly in a prone position when he returned fire.
Proof of this is the bullet hole in the mud guard of the vehicle.
From the low angle, Lontoc was able to hit Marantan on his left knee with the bullet going through and also hitting his right knee.
This dropped Marantan, which is why he also sustained a gun shot to his shoulder.
This is when Marantan's group allegedly unleashed a second volley of gunfire.
This is consistent with the bullet trajectory investigation conducted by the NBI, and runs counter to Marantan's claim that the men on the SUVs opened fire first from inside the vehicles.
Lontoc, who was found some 200 meters from the vehicles, tested positive for gunpower residue.
Nearly 400 hundred rounds were fired by the joint forces manning the checkpoint with more than 200 coming from the soldiers.
Ballistics examination also shows 44 bullets were fired from a caliber 5.56 armalite by a soldier with the rank of private.
The crime scene was also found tampered with because of the questionable positions of the firearms found with the victims.
Some of the victims were also said to have been shot from close range, including Paul Arsedillo Quiohilag, one of the two victims brought to hospital after the incident.
Based on evidence, Quiohilag was shot from just two feet away. -- ANC