Revilla files resolution calling for probe on Atimonan incident

January 14, 2013 10:10 pm 

By Jelly Musico

MANILA, Jan. 14 – Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. Monday filed a Senate resolution urging the appropriate committees to conduct an inquiry into the shooting incident that killed 13 people last Jan 6.

In filing Senate Resolution 925, Revilla said it must be determined whether the incident was a culmination of a three-month police operation under "Coplan Armado"; a Case Operational Plan against organized crime groups in Calabarzon or a rub-out as asserted by the families of the victims.

Three police officers and three military personnel were among those killed in the alleged shootout.

The casualties were all believed by law enforcement authorities to be members of a gun-for-hire group.

On Jan 6, two Mitsubishi Montero sport utility vehicles were fired upon by cops from the National Police and Army troops after allegedly evading a checkpoint along Maharlika Highway in Atimonan, Quezon.

"The sheer number of people dead in the incident makes an investigation imperative so that related legislations may be passed and/or amended as the need arise," Revilla pointed out.

The lawmaker stressed that the initial findings of the National Bureau of Investigation contradict the reports and findings of the Philippine National Police.

A new information gathered by the NBI, tasked by President Benigno Aquino III to investigate the incident, links the incident to a 'shootout' in Calamba, Laguna, last November 2012, where six individuals were killed by the police.

"We must also find out if certain SOPs in police operations were violated or there are loopholes in the existing SOPs," Revilla said.

Revilla wanted also determined whether the Coplan was valid “because it was not approved but was merely submitted to the PAOCC (Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission).” (PNA)

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