Lawmen among slain suspects in Quezon shootout

Posted at Jan 07 2013 11:23 AM | Updated as of Jan 07 2013 07:23 PM

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Thirteen men died in an encounter between government forces and alleged criminal elements in Atimonan, Quezon province on Sunday afternoon.

Chief Supt. Andres Melad, chief of Calbarzon Police, said the encounter occurred at a police checkpoint along Maharlika Highway in Barangay Lumutan at around 3:20 p.m.

Melad said the suspects who were on board two Mitsubishi Montero sports utility vehicles immediately opened fire on the policemen and soldiers stationed at the checkpoint, prompting the government forces to fire back.

Eleven died on the spot, while two others were pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Three of the suspects turned out to be law enforcers.

Umagang Kay Ganda, January 7 2013