MANILA - Supt. Hansel Marantan, the principal accused in the 2013 "rubout" incident in Atimonan, Quezon province, will return to police service following the decision of an appeals board, the Philippine National Police said Monday.
Marantan, the former deputy intelligence chief of the Calabarzon police, led a checkpoint operation that killed alleged "jueteng" operator Vic Siman and 12 others in January 2013. The officers were dismissed from service the following year after they were found guilty of serious irregularity in the performance of their duty.
The National Police Commission however granted Marantan's plea recently and order his reinstatement, along with 12 of his men.
PNP chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa said that if he had his way, Marantan would not have been reinstated.
"I did not take him back. Hindi ako ang nagpa-reinstate sa kanya. Hindi kami ang nagreinstate sa kanya. Nag-appeal s'ya, dumaan sa proseso," Dela Rosa told reporters.
"Nag-appeal sya sa National Appellate Board. Kung sa akin nag-appeal yun, hindi ko talaga tatanggapin, hindi ko papayagan."
Marantan, for his part, has maintained that the operation against Siman was legitimate.
A court last March allowed Marantan and co-accused to post bail of 300,000 each.
Report from Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News