Atimonan Quezon checkpoint massacre: police shootout or underworld rubout?

Another plot for a future Filipino action film is unfolding. Thirteen people died in a shootout that occurred in Atimonan, Quezon Province. The thirteen people were allegedly in two vehicles that stopped at a checkpoint manned by a team composed of a mixture of police officers and army personnel led by police Supt. Hansel Marantan. Included among the dead was senior police official Supt. Alfredo Consemino. Two police officers and three soldiers along with businessman Victorino “Vic Siman” Atienza Jr were also among the dead.

bullet_holesAccording to the reported witness testimony of Christinne Consemino, a child of Supt Consemino, her father was on a “legitimate” trip supposedly coming from a meeting with a certain Ronnie Habitan to discuss a business venture involving the setting up of a security agency.

A Google search for the name “Ronnie Habitan” yielded a July 2012 news report involving the raid of mining-operator Ronnie Basar Habitan…

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The Provincial Police Office (PPO) of Camarines Norte reported Monday (July 9) that two residences of mining-operator Ronnie Basar Habitan in Jacinto and Alakan Streets at barangay Plaridel in this town yielded caches of ammunitions, guns and explosives over the weekend in a raid conducted by joint Intelligence operatives of the PNP national headquarters, regional intelligence unit-5, and the PPO public safety company and the local police.


Seized from Habitan’s two houses were: 4 boxes of ammunition for Cal. 45; 3 boxes ammunition for Cal. 9mm; 9 boxes ammo. for Cal. 40; 1 box slug for Cal. 40; 1 box slug for Cal. 45; 2, silencers for long firearms; 1, bolt assembly for M-16 rifle; 1,Cal. 38 pistol, (ARMSCOR 22) with 5, ammunitions.

Other seized firearms consisted of 1, Cal. 9mm pistol (model BRYCO-59); 1, magazine for Cal. 9mm loaded with 8 bullets; 8, dynamite sticks (Nitro); and 10 meters safety time-fuse.

Atienza (a.k.a. Vic Siman), for his part is reportedly “a known jueteng operator and “godfather” of STL bookies in Laguna and Batangas provinces”. However, Atienza’s relatives deny that he is involved in this dark world of illegal numbers game…

To his family and neighbors, Victor Rimas Siman, or “Vic Siman,” was a good man who helped everyone who came to him for help.

“My brother was a very kind and generous man. He helped so many people—children with medical needs, alms for those who lost loved ones and so many others,” [elder sister] Ma. Teresa said.

Checkpoint leader Marantan allegedly has a sibling who is also a jueteng operator. More notable, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima also pointed out that “Marantan has been linked to several shooting incidents that were allegedly “rubouts” of criminal elements. She said the Quezon shooting would be the 5th incident linked to Marantan.” An report details his Callahanesque career…

Marantan, a graduate of the Philippine National Police Academy Class 1998, was charged for the supposed armed encounter between operatives of the PNP Highway Patrol Group and the suspected members of the Valle Verde car theft syndicate in Pasig City in November 2005.

Marantan, then a police senior inspector, was the team leader of the HPG operatives who killed alleged car thieves Anton Cu-Unjieng, Francis Xavier Manzano and Brian Anthony Dulay, who turned out to be members of wealthy families.

In December 2008, he again took part in a daring police operation against members of the dreaded Alvin Flores robbery group in Parañaque City.

Sixteen people, among them seaman Alfonso de Vera and his 7-year-old daughter Lia Allyana, were killed in the exchange of gunfire between the HPG operatives and the alleged robbers.

In October 2010, Marantan and his subordinates in the 415th Provincial Police Mobile Group traded shots with a group of supposed kidnappers at a checkpoint in Candelaria, Quezon.

Eight suspected kidnappers were killed in the gun battle, which happened just a few steps away from the headquarters of Marantan’s group.

Riiiiighttt. The plot thickenssszzzzz….

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Other interesting factoids about this case “reported” across the Media:

(1) 200 bullet holes reportedly riddled the two vehicles, raising the question of whether excessive force was used by checkpoint personnel in their attempts to apprehend their “suspects”.

(2) Windows of the two vehicles were reportedly closed raising questions around whether shots were actually fired from the inside of said vehicles.

(3) Scene of Crime Operation (SOCO) personnel were reportedly not given first crack at the crime scene.

The whole drama seems flawed down to the very letters of its script!

In all this, it has to be highlighted that politicians, much more Chief Executives of the government, should not be issuing public commentary on open cases where investigations are on-going. Of course that is the sort of thing that escapes the common sensibilities of President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III who just had to share his “expert” opinion on the matter…

President Aquino on Wednesday voiced doubts that the clash between government security forces and an alleged criminal gang in Atimonan town, Quezon province, in which 13 people were killed on Sunday, was a shootout.

Mr. Aquino said he found inconsistencies in the initial police report on the clash that happened at an alleged security checkpoint in a sparsely populated stretch of Maharlika Highway in Atimonan.

Too much information coming from your usual gaping mouth, Chief. You should’ve just briefed the public on your actions on the matter rather than on any opinions about the case that may be residing in your pointed head.

21 Replies to “Atimonan Quezon checkpoint massacre: police shootout or underworld rubout?”

  1. Another day – another massacre.

    And between the keystone cops, the clowns in malacanan, and “confused” mar roxas then the only certainty is that the truth will be the next victim.

    Every time p-noy opens his mouth on any subject, he not only exhibits flawed logic, and lack of knowledge, but worse, no understanding of the role of a president.

    Please p-noy – stop embarrassing the country. Do something!!

    1. know Marantan personally…his family are involved in church…two sisters are nuns…very religious…he spent seven seminarian years before entering PNP…he became a policeman when he had his thesis writing topic is the life of policeman…this encouraged him to enter PNP academy and reasoned out to be soldier of God. We are aware that he is always in the lime light because among all the policemen I’ve known in my entire life, he was the bravest that will never say yes to wrong…He always say that whoever is behind the wrong doings…wealthy, influential, powerful…he will still pursue his obligation and will always fight for what is right…

      1. Thank you.

        There is no substitute for a comment from someone who actually knows someone involved in a story.

        Superintendent Marantan sounds like the character of Ed Exley in the film “L.A.Confidential”…

    2. If his press conferences are any reflection of his politics, it appears BS Aquino is more concerned with what he regards as solidifying an image on which he can build his legacy. In this case he’s playing up a tough guy persona: first it was the leader who eliminated corruption (symbolized by Renato Corona) and now its the sheriff with the big stick who’s out to put an end to lawlessness.

  2. “To his family and neighbors, Victor Rimas Siman, or “Vic Siman,” was a good man who helped everyone who came to him for help.”

    Isn’t this what people said about the “drug crazed” killer in Cavite?

  3. Sometimes I think we should simply let the Duterte family run the Philippines for 5 or so years without any checks and balances on their power.

    Let them kill off every criminal and corrupt politician and then we can start again.

    1. haha. and then get rid of them!
      irony meets rough justice
      they have watched too many john wayne movies.
      more death squads and minkey brains we do not need.
      let the dirty dutuertes play in their little cesspool and not contaminate the rest even more.

  4. Looks like we have a “Boardroom Empire” turf war scenario in real life. Question is… where did all the money go? Criminal syndicates are on the rise. There is a crime wave that needs to be addressed ASAP by all concerned law enforcement agencies. Criminal syndicates should not be allowed to grow and proliferate. Continued complacency and inaction will lead to widespread chaos and anarchy. Colombia would just be a walk in the park compared to a worst case scenario in the near future. The NPA would be on the take. Bad eggs in civil government, AFP, PNP and other law enforcement agencies would also be on the take. A composite task group response to address the rising criminal problem has to be implemented with a strong political will. Perhaps even the Islamofascist MILF enemies of the state would also be on the take. An organized crime alliance with the enemies of the state is advantageous and profitable in a host and parasite relationship. Wake up Philippines!

    1. Very true, and to make it even easier for criminal gangs, the Philippines makes life easy for money launderers, with a combination of “secret” US$ accounts and casinos…

  5. It’s just an ordinary shootout. It’s good the victims were not buried by a BackHoe…
    Hacienda Luisita massacre was worse. Now, it is forgotten. Maguindanao massacre was worse. Now, it is forgotten. This will be forgotten soon. Until , the next shootout …

  6. A Spade is a Spade, and this is just another law-less act in a law-less country that is trying to Masquerade as a Financial Business Hub for Foreign investors trying to Capitalize on a cheap labor pool in what is really a law-less ‘Banana-Republic'(that could have been another Japan, no doubt.).
    Close the case, the Cops/Government already have.
    Condolences to the families left behind.

  7. It galls me that Marantan could not come up with a more credible explanation of the events that isn’t contradicted by even a cursory examination of the scene. 200 bullets? Because he “sensed danger?” Really?

    And now the idiot in the palace apparently wants Marantan charged and convicted. Trying suspects in the media again without the benefit of due process.


    Dear Sir,

    As a concerned citizen, I just want to report or let you know that the person you have thought to be a good policeman is actually a BAD ONE. He has been protecting the interest of his alleged sister Cenen Dinglasan who is fondly named Cenen Domingo. She introduced herself as the husband of the retired Police Col. Domingo. Cenen Domingo as we know her used to have a restaurant at Paco Ermita near Taft ave. known as “CENEN”. This Lady has LOTS of estafa cases. Even the present Barangay captain can attest to the problems this Cenen has given him. Many have been inquiring where she is because they want to collect from her. Many also are afraid to face to police or NBI regarding Cenen because Cenen is VERY CLOSE to the killer policeman Col. Hansel Marantan. Cenen also tries to free on bail policemen who are jailed so that the freed policeman will owe gratitude to Cenen when she needs them the most. She uses these policemen to scare, frighten or use for illegal activities because they are beholden to Col. Hansel and to “Cenen Domingo”
    If you capture her, kindly announce to the public so that people she has falsified, forged documents, bouncing checks, experiences with her will come out and add to more information. I know you are currently investigating about Col. Hansel. I know that Col. Hansel is a PNP official. pls stop covering up about this evil man. People say that Col. Hansel is an ordained priest who just wanted to please his mother that is why he became a priest. After his mother died, he left the priesthood. Do also a lifestyle check on him. He has a property in Palawan that is worth 95Million. I hope this adds up to your investigation. I am no fake. You will find out that your investigation has similarities to what I have written. I will never reveal myself but take my testimony at face value. It could help your investigation.

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