The Court of Appeals has affirmed the findings of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the filing of multiple murder charges against the so-called Atimonan cops in a bloody incident in Quezon Province more than two years ago.
In a 14-page decision of the CA 8th Division, dated August 24, 2015 that was released just recently, the court junked the petition filed by eight policemen who sought for the dismissal of the charges filed against them.
The ruling was penned by Associate Justice Carmelita Salandanan-Manahan and was concurred by Justices Japar Dimaampao and Franchito Diamante.
The appellate court ruled that there was no grave abuse of discretion on the part of the DOJ in finding probable cause against the accused.
The petitioners of the case are Chief Insp. Grant Gollod, Senior Insp. John Paolo Carracedo, SPO3 Joselito De Guzman, SPO1 Claro Cataquiz, PO3 Eduardo Oronan, PO2 Nelson Indal, PO1 Wryan Sardea, and PO1 Rodel Talento.
The DOJ filed multiple murder charges at the Regional Trial Court of Gumaca against police Supt. Hansel Marantan and 12 other police officers involved in the Atimonan shooting incident in January 6, 2013 that left 13 people dead.
The three-man tribunal has ruled that all the elements for the crime of murder appears to be present.