From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 19): Ex-PNP Calabarzon chief files counter-affidavit on Atimonan rubout case
Former PNP-Calabarzon regional director Chief Supt. James Melad on Friday
filed his counter-affidavit when he attended the preliminary investigation of
the Atimonan shooting incident at the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The shooting incident claimed the lives of 13 individuals in Atimonan,
Quezon last Jan. 6.
Melad personally executed before the DOJ panel of prosecutors, headed by
Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Theodore Villanueva, the counter-affidavit to
clear his name and the 13 other policemen respondents in the case.
In Melad's counter-affidavit, attached is the sworn statement of Supt. Glen
Dumlao stating that Melad had nothing to do with the shootout and his (Melad)
signature in "Coplan Armado" was merely his ministerial duty as the
regional chief of Calabarzon police.
Lt. Col. Monico Abang, Battalion Commander of the Philippine Army; Capt.
Erwin Macalinao, commanding officer; and nine other soldier respondents also
submitted their respective counter-affidavits.
Also appearing during the hearing were the members of the Scene of the Crime
Operatives of the Quezon Provincial Police who were charged with
"obstruction of justice".
Melad had approved the request of Supt. Hansel Marantan, deputy chief of
intelligence of the PNP Region 4-A, for the conduct of a checkpoint in
Atimonan, Quezon on Jan. 6, 2013.
However, Marantan failed to appear for the second time in Friday's
According to Marantan's counsel, Marantan still remains confined in a
hospital but has already submitted his counter-affidavit.
Likewise, Supt. Ramon Balauag has submitted his counter-affidavit and was
also absent during Friday's hearing. Balauag was represented by his counsel,
Atty. Crisanto Buela.
The respondent soldiers also turned over to the panel of prosecutors the
digicam with memory card, which is one of the pieces of evidence they
The camp of the respondent soldiers earlier withdrew their
counter-affidavits during the hearing last week because the affidavit of the
complainants was not yet complete and the camp of the policemen respondents
have not yet submitted their respective counter-affidavits.
Also present during Friday's hearing were the relatives of the 13 victims of
the Atimonan rubout.
The next hearing was set on May 8, 2013 wherein the National Bureau of
Investigation (NBI) was ordered to submit its reply and the respondents were
also given the opportunity to file their respective rejoinder.