MANILA, Philippines – One of the three policemen who committed absence without leave (AWOL) after receiving charges for killing gambling lord Vic Siman and 12 others surrendered to his supervisors at Camp Crame in Quezon City.
This was reported by Philippine National Police (PNP) Public Information Officer (PIO) Senior Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac yesterday, September 23.
Sindac said it was around 10 in the morning when Police Officer 2 Nelson Indal showed up to Chief Supt. Samuel Yordan. Indal was now detained at the PNP Custodial Center.
Two others who were declared AWOL were PO2 Al Bhazar Jailani and Supt. Ramon Balauag who reports said fleed abroad.
The said assault took place on January 6 wherein 13 men were killed in a checkpoint at Atimonan, Quezon by 13 policemen.
Aside from the three cops, the ten other policemen who were arrested were Superintendent Hansel Marantan who was in charge of the checkpoint; Chief Inspector Grant Gollod; Senior Inspectors John Paolo Carracedo and Timoteo Orig,; Senior Police Officer 3 Joselito De Guzman; SPO1s Carlo Cataquiz and Arturo Sarmiento; PO3 Eduardo Oronan; and PO1s Wryan Sardea and Rodel Talento alias Rodel Tolentino.
Police first distinguished the incident as a “shootout” between the policemen and the suspected criminals. However, witnesses and the investigations conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) shows that it was an ambush.
Aside from the 13 cops, Insp. Ferdinand Chica Aguilar; PO3 Benedict Cervantes Dimayuga; PO2 Ronnie Bawasanta Serden; and PO1s Allen Cawalo Ayobo, Esperdion Liquigan Corpuz Jr. and Bernie Lacerna De Leon were charged for administrative cases.
Chief Supt. James Melad, former director of the Police Regional Office 4-A (Calabarzon) was dismissed from the case since he was not around during the shootout.
Princess Hayra Brecio de Belen
ABCom, Leyte Normal University