Philippine investigators have charged 35 police officers and soldiers with murder for allegedly executing 13 people at a road checkpoint in a plan by a police colonel to kill a rival in an illegal gambling operation.
An investigation ordered by president Benigno Aquino III into the killings concluded yesterday that the victims were summarily executed and there was no shoot-out, as claimed by the security personnel.
Presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said Aquino directed Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to file a criminal and administrative complaint.
“The conclusion is that no shoot-out occurred,” de Lima said. “The victims were summarily executed and all indications point to a rub-out.”
The police colonel in question is Hansel Marantan.