Top cop in Quezon checkpoint keeps silent
MANILA, Philippines - Ten days after the controversial Quezon shooting, police Supt Hansel Marantan, the intelligence officer who headed the questionable operation still refuses to cooperate with investigators.
Marantan has now waived his right to tell his side of the story and will now be subject of a separate internal probe, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. said on Wednesday, January 16.
Cerbo explained the police will now carry out its own investigation to determine the intelligence officer's administrative liability, apart from additional criminal charges yet to be filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
"Much as the personnel involved rightfully deserves due process and the benefit of the doubt under the presumption of regularity in the performance of duty, Marantan's continued refusal to give his statement and turnover evidence to investigators constitute obstruction of justice and outright insubordination," said the PNP spokesperson.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas earlier earlier slammed the officer's refusal to cooperate with the PNP fact-finding team and warned him about the consequences of his actions.
"I advise Supt. Marantan to submit himself to the processes of the PNP if not the NBI. It isn't right for someone of his stature to refuse to submit to transparent processes in the search for truth," Roxas said in Filipino.
Marantan headed the checkpoint where 13 people led by suspected jueteng operator Victor "Vic" Siman were killed in an alleged shootout on January 6.
The PNP fact-finding team established that the officer and 15 of his men in the Calabarzon PNP intelligence unit were in civilian clothes - a violation of police operational procedure.
Marantan is currently still hospitalized for the gunshot wounds he sustained in his feet. - Rappler.com