Cop in Atimonan case missing


THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said that a police officer indicted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for the killing of 13 people in Atimonan, Quezon is missing.

PNP Public Information chief Senior Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac said that Superintendent Ramon Balauag has not reported for duty since July.

“He was marked AWOL since July 8 by his superiors after repeated failure to report to his assigned unit in Camp Crame where he is under restrictive custody,” Sindac told reporters in Camp Crame.

Since his relief in January, Balauag has been assigned at the Administrative Resource Management Division (ARMD) of the PNP Headquarters Support Services (HSS) in Camp Crame.

HSS Director Chief Superintendent Samuel Yordan has ordered an investigation of Balauag’s continued absence which could be the basis for the start of summary dismissal proceedings against the officer.

Sindac said a team has been dispatched to locate and arrest Balauag.

The NBI filed filed multiple murder charges against 14 policemen and 11 soldiers in connection with the shooting incident in Atimonan, Quezon that resulted in the killing of suspected gambling lord Vic Siman and 12 others. Charges of obstruction of justice were also filed against eight policemen and one soldier.

Balauag failed to report to the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) on Monday for the scheduled hearing of his administrative case for Grave Misconduct, Sindac said.


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