Coplan Armando: Shootout or Rubout

Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. Monday filed a Senate resolution urging the appropriate committees to conduct an inquiry into the shooting incident that killed 13 people last Jan 6. In filing Senate Resolution 925, Revilla said it must be determined whether the incident was a culmination of a three-month police operation under “Coplan Armado”; a Case Operational Plan against organized crime groups in Calabarzon or a rub-out as asserted by the families of the victims. Three police officers and three military personnel were among those killed in the alleged shootout. The casualties were all believed by law enforcement authorities to be members of a gun-for-hire group. On Jan 6, two Mitsubishi Montero sport utility vehicles were fired upon by cops from the National Police and Army troops after allegedly evading a checkpoint along Maharlika Highway in Atimonan, Quezon. “The sheer number of people dead in the incident makes an investigation imperative so that related legislations may be passed and/or amended as the need arise,” Revilla pointed out. The lawmaker stressed that the initial findings of the National Bureau of Investigation contradict the reports and findings of the Philippine National Police.

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