Marantan, 12 others sacked over Atimonan incident
MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) has removed from service Superintendent Hansel Marantan and 12 others allegedly involved in the killing of suspected gambling lord Vic Siman and several others in Atimonan, Quezon on January 6, 2013.
PNP Director General Alan Purisima signed the dismissal papers of the 13 police officials after an internal affairs body found “serious irregularities in the performance of their duties.”
Marantan was the ground commander of the team that carried out an operation against Siman’s group. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) later declared it was a rubout, which was connected to a turf war for jueteng operations between the group of Siman and a certain “Ka TIta” allegedly protected by Marantan.
Besides Marantan, also removed from their posts were:
- Superintendent Ramon Balauag
- Chief Inspector Grant Gollod
- Senior Inspector John Paolo Carracedo
- Senior Inspector Timoteo Orig
- Senior Police Officer 3 Joselito de Guzman
- Senior Police Officer 1Arturo Sarmiento
- Senior Police Officer 1Carlo Cataquiz
- Police Officer 3 Eduardo Oronan
- Police Officer 2 Nelson Indal
- Police Officer 2 Al Bhazar Jailani
- Police Officer 1 Wryan Sardea
- Police Officer 1 Rodel Talento alias “Rodel Tolentino”
The internal affairs board noted that Marantan’s group wore civilian clothes when they manned the checkpoints on that fateful day.
Marantan’s group also put up three checkpoints, spaced 500 meters in between. The police officials claimed there was only one checkpoint.
The board also reported that the first black Montero used by Siman’s group had 173 entry points and 90 exit bullet holes, while the second black Montero had 45 entry and 29 exit points.
The board noted these went against the police’s standard operating procedures.
Several other police officers were either demoted or suspended from service. - from a report by Johnny Glorioso, DZMM