The judgment of an appeals board would allow Superintendent Hansel Marantan, the primary suspect in the “rubout” event that occurred in 2013 in Atimonan, Quezon province, to return to his position as a police officer, according to a statement released by the Philippine National Police on Monday.

Marantan, a former deputy intelligence head for the Calabarzon police, was in charge of a checkpoint operation in January 2013 that resulted in the deaths of 12 people, including a suspected “jueteng” operator named Vic Siman. After being judged to be guilty of substantial irregularity in the performance of their job the next year, the officers were given their walking papers and discharged from the military.

Marantan’s request to have his case heard by the National Police Commission was recently granted, and the commission issued an order to restore him and 12 of his troops.

Marantan would not have been restored, according to Director General Ronald Dela Rosa, who is the head of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

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“I did not agree to take him back with me. Hindi ako ang nagpa-reinstate sa kanya. Hindi kami ang nagreinstate sa kanya. Nag-appeal s’ya, dumaan sa proseso, “According to Dela Rosa, reporters were informed.

“Nag-appeal sya sa National Appellate Board. Ako sa akin nag-appeal yun, hindi ko talaga tatanggapin, hindi ko papayagan.”

Marantan, on the other hand, has insisted that the operation carried out against Siman was entirely appropriate.

In March of this year, the court granted Marantan and the other co-defendants permission to post bond in the amount of $300,000.