SENATOR Leila de Lima on Thursday claimed it was Christopher “Bong” Go, the special assistant to President Rodrigo Duterte, who ordered Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa to reinstate Supt. Marvin Marcos despite accusations of involvement in illegal drugs against the police official.
Go immediately denied the accusation, calling de Lima’s statements “pure hearsay and unsubstantiated.”
“I did not ask General Bato to reinstate him (Marcos). I also do not interfere with the affairs and functions of the PNP,” he said in a statement released to Palace reporters.
De Lima told reporters she received the information from a reliable source inside the PNP.
“I have my own sources, I’m just quoting a source. But I will not reveal my source because he might get in trouble. It was Bong Go,” de Lima said.
On Tuesday, de la Rosa said he had relieved Marcos as head of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Protection Group in Eastern Visayas after Marcos was named by self-confessed drug kingpin Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr. as one of his protectors.
However, he said a “higher official” called him to reinstate Marcos. The PNP chief did not disclose the name of the official.
Marcos was with the CIDG team that carried out the raid that led to the death of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., Kerwin’s father, inside the Baybay City sub-provincial jail last November 5.
In a hearing of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, Kerwin alleged that Marcos asked P3 million for the campaign of his wife who was running for vice mayor. Marcos denied the allegation.
De Lima claimed Go’s intervention to reinstate Marcos was an “open secret” among PNP officials and many were not happy with the move.
Go however said he does not know Marcos.
“I don’t know him personally,” he said in his statement.