22 cops in Atimonan killings face admin raps
MANILA, Philippines - Twenty-two police officers involved in the Quezon shooting incident will face administrative charges, the Philippine National Police said Thursday, January 24.
The group includes Supt Hansel Marantan, and they will all be placed under restrictive custody, PNP Director General Alan Purisima said. The police's Internal Affairs Service recommended the filing of the charges.
This comes after the police, in its investigation, noted violations committed by the checkpoint team during the botched operation.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is currently investigating whether the police involved will also face criminal charges.
Marantan, head of the Calabarzon Regional Special Operations Group, was injured while he was manning the checkpoint in Atimonan, Quezon, where the shooting took place.
On January 6, police killed 13 alleged gang members in vehicles that approached their checkpoint. Initially reported as a shootout, suspicions have emerged on the motive of the killing after unusual facts surfaced following the deaths. - Rappler.com