(Lead) Marantan liable for administrative sanctions – PNP

January 16, 2013 11:48 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 16 – For his refusal to cooperate in the investigation regarding the Atimonan shootout on Jan. 6 which left 13 people dead, Supt. Hansel Marantan made himself liable for administrative sanctions, the Philippine National Police said Wednesday.

"It is precisely the objective of the fact-finding body under the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management to determine whether or not violations of policy particularly the police operational procedures were violated in the incident," PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo, Jr. said.

"(And) much as the personnel involved rightfully deserved due process and the benefit of doubt under the presumption of regularity in the performance of duty, Marantan's continued refusal to give his statement and turnover evidence to DIDM investigators constitute obstruction of justice and outright insubordination," he added.

Cerbo stressed in this case, the above-mentioned police officer is now deemed to have waived his right to present his side.

"And from here, the PNP will now initiate appropriate procedural actions to determine administrative culpability of all parties," the PNP spokesperson concluded. (PNA)

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