MANILA - Police Supt. Hansel Marantan on Monday claimed he found flaws in his dismissal from the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the killing of suspected gambling lord Vic Siman and several others in Atimonan, Quezon on January 6, 2013.
In a statement to ABS-CBN News, Marantan said the charge sheet against him in administrative case no. IAS-13-010 "is fatally and jurisdictionally flawed."
"The assailed resolution is contrary to and/or unsupported by evidence adduced in trial, law, and/or jurisprudence, and was issued with grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction," he said.
Marantan also claimed that "Grave and/or serious errors/irregularities were committed by the SHB, including the disciplinary authority, prejudicial to the constitutional rights and substantial interests of the respondents."
PNP Director General Alan Purisima has signed the dismissal papers of Marantan and 12 other 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.
A separate criminal case has been filed against 13 police officers involved in the incident.
Aside from 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”
Several other police officers were either demoted or suspended from service.
Marantan, however, said Purisima prejudged their case.
"We are filing our motions for reconsideration as a legal remedy that's why we can do/say for now," he said. - from reports by Gus Abelgas, ABS-CBN News; Johnny Glorioso, dzMM