Atimonan 'Rubout' NBI Report Executive Summary Out

The incident at Atimonan, Quezon was reportedly a ‘rubout’ not a shootout. This has been revealed as MalacaƱang releases Wednesday the executive summary of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) report on the so-called massacre.

“After a thorough review of the NBI Executive Report on the incident in Atimonan, Quezon, the President has accepted its findings in full,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said during a press briefing at the Palace.

Valte stated that President Benigno Aquino III “has directed Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima to file the appropriate criminal and administrative charges against Hansel Marantan, James Andres Melad, and others” involved in the Atimonan incident.

Valte also said that the executive summary of the report provides the details. Members of the media, she said, may access the full report, including all the annexes, at the Department of Justice.

“From the very start, the President had assured the public of a thorough investigation which would be the basis for holding to account, those found culpable in this incident,” Valte added.

According to initial PNP findings, the shooting, which took place on January 6, 2013 along Maharlika Highway in Barangay Lumutan, Atimonan, Quezon, left thirteen people on board two Mitsubishi Montero SUV vehicles dead and 1 police personnel wounded.

Reports said those involved in the Atimonan killings may face charges of multiple murder, a non-bailable offense.

Meanwhile, De Lima confirmed that the DOJ has recommended the filing of multiple murder and administrative charges against 21 PNP officers and 14 Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) personnel in connection with the Atimonan checkpoint shootings.

Atimonan, Quezon Incident NBI Report (Executive Summary)