• DESPITE FILING OF MURDER CHARGES VS CIDG MEN

    Duterte backs PNP in Espinosa killing

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    President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday came to the defense of the policemen who killed Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. despite the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI’s) findings that the killing was a “rubout.”

    THICK LIST President Rodrigo Duterte shows to British journalist Ioan Grillo, author of books on the Mexican drug war, a list of government officials involved in illegal drugs in a meeting in Malacañang on December 6. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

    THICK LIST President Rodrigo Duterte shows to British journalist Ioan Grillo, author of books on the Mexican drug war, a list of government officials involved in illegal drugs in a meeting in Malacañang on December 6. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

    The President said he would not interfere with the NBI’s decision to file murder cases against the policemen involved in the incident, but added he would not allow them to go to prison.

    “I will not allow these guys to go to prison, even if the NBI says it was murder. After all, the NBI is under me, the Department of Justice is under me,” Duterte said in remarks during ceremonies for the Urban Poor Solidarity Week in Mandaluyong City.

    “But to tell you, I do not interfere. They have findings, good. File the case but I won’t leave the policemen implicated in the killing,” he added.

    On Tuesday, the NBI declared a “rubout” and not a shootout the killing of Espinosa at the hands of a raiding team from the Eastern Visayas Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) last November 5.

    The NBI filed murder charges last Friday against 24 police officers at the Department of Justice after a probe found “criminal intent” and conspiracy to kill Espinosa and fellow inmate Raul Yap during the raid of the Baybay City sub-provincial jail.

    The CIDG raiding team, led by Chief Insp. Leo Laraga and accompanied by regional CIDG head Supt. Marvin Marcos, claims Espinosa and Yap fired guns when they conducted a search of their cells for illegal firearms and drugs on a warrant obtained from a Samar judge.

    The November 5 raid raised questions as it was conducted at dawn. Lawmakers have also pointed out that there was no need to search Espinosa and Yap for illegal possession of firearms and drugs as they were already under government custody.

    ‘Police version’ more believable

    Duterte on Wednesday said he was more inclined to believe the police, whom he had ordered to kill drug suspects who resist arrest.

    “I still believe in the version of the police because we mayors, congressmen, who do we believe – the police or a criminal or those speculations?” he said.

    “Whatever the police say, that’s the truth for me. The NBI said it was murder. The police said, ‘Sir, he fought back.’ I believe the police. Why would I sacrifice the police for that?” the President added.

    Espinosa and his son Kerwin were linked by President Duterte to illegal drugs in August. Espinosa turned himself over to the Philippine National Police and was later arrested for illegal possession of drugs and firearms.

    Kerwin fled to the United Arab Emirates but was nabbed by authorities and brought to Manila on November 18.
    Last month, Kerwin told a Senate inquiry he had given protection money to Sen. Leila de Lima, a leading critic of the President’s bloody war on illegal drugs, through her ex-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan.

    Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre I2nd said a panel composed of five prosecutors will evaluate the complaints filed against the police officers who were charged with murder, robbery, malicious procurement of search warrant, perjury and planting of evidence.

    The NBI, in its complaint said the policemen “were all moved by a single criminal intent.”

    “There is no indication that the police operatives, who participated in the killing, had desisted or those who acted as look outs had prevented the raiding team from shooting the victims. These only demonstrate their concerted efforts to perpetrate the commission of the crime,” it added.

    The DOJ did not oppose the order of Judge Carlos Arguelles of Baybay City Regional Trial Court transferring Espinosa to the NBI from the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame.

    Espinosa is facing charges of illegal possession of firearms and illegal drugs before the Baybay City RTC.

    ‘Bordering at impeachability’

    Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th said the President’s statement indicated that he masterminded the killing of Espinosa.

    “Based on the investigation of NBI, the incident was a rubout but the President is trying save them (Marcos and his group) and he is making his own story, so in effect he is obstructing the administration of justice,” he said.
    For Senator de Lima, the statement was “bordering at impeachability.”

    “It’s a betrayal of public trust because it’s his (Duterte) duty to enforce the law. And part of his duty to enforce the law is making sure that those who are responsible for committing crimes are being made accountable,” said de Lima.

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    1. I think you are correct. President Digong will not allow the Police who followed orders to go to jail but be punished in another way. People have to read between the lines instead of being judgmental.
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      The people defending Duterte need to get their heads out of their ass.

      Following unlawful and illegal orders is a crime.

      I was just following orders is not a defense.

    2. “But to tell you, I do not interfere. They have findings, good. File the case but I won’t leave the policemen implicated in the killing.”

      “Implicated.” That’s the hidden word that everyone overlooked. This word speaks volume about the President’s pronouncement in regard to protecting the Police: he will not allow treatment of those that got involved because they just followed orders as those that are actually guilty of the rubout (shootout).. Read his lips and pay attention to his words before passing judgment.

      • Please know that, in Du30’s defending PNP is not impeachable matter. So what is to be impeach for committed by
        President Duterte? Please tell us here Ms. Jesse.

    3. His cronies have gone after De Lima, Trillanes & Robredo who are also speaking up against him, will they be next. If he goes down that line he is worse than any dictator & will do anything & everything to stay in power & protect himself. Im all in favor of law & order & i have no problems with scum being killed, but do it the legal way. Put them in court using evidence & bring back the death penalty. I think its ok to kill certain criminals during the process of committing crimes, but duerte just oversteps the boundary.

    4. Ayan na, sabi puro mahihirap lang ang pinapatay sa drug related case, may mayor ng pinatay. Ang pusher lang naman ang menace of the society. basta nakaranas ng madaliang kita, uulit ulitin yan na magtulak. Sa mga biktimang user, mayroon ng ipinagawa at gagawin pang rehabilitation center.

    5. Duterte on Wednesday said he was more inclined to believe the police, whom he had ordered to kill drug suspects who resist arrest.

      “I still believe in the version of the police because we mayors, congressmen, who do we believe – the police or a criminal or those speculations?” he said.
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      All the accused have are their lies

      While the NBI have forensic evidence, Ballistic reports, witnesses along with the police disabling the video system and taking it with them when they left.

      And yet Duterte believes the accused police, A serious disconnect with reality or just another cover up in the Philippines.

      The question now is what is congress going to do about it ?

    6. You can’t guess what is DU30’s intention on what he is saying. The real intent is having first these Narco-cops reinstated was to see all the cohorts (big time fish) of these Policemen so that he can entrap them once and for all. He is not for the killing spree for the death of these Drug Lords and protectors but to eradicate this cancer that is plaguing this nation. Some always criticize and only see a piecemeal of his anti drugs drive but can’t see the bigger picture. He is pressured by his election campaign commitment to end this drug menace so that he wants to end all this in one big time. I also don’t know if that is possible with a time schedule but if this campaign will go on and in a long term then we will see a peaceful place ahead of us. Bleeding hearts will always be a collateral damage in this campaign. If somebody has a best solution to eradicate without somebody being killed then he/she must propose his/her ideas. A little help to the government is always a big thing for us, we ordinary Filipinos.

    7. Again, Duterte’s psychological disorders are in full display. This psycho “lawyer” now is UNABLE to determine what is lawful and unlawful.

      Duterte is having delusions that he is King Digong, the judge, the jury and the executioner, godfather and patron saint of rogue cops. He thinks he is above the law, immune to the laws of common sense, immune to forensic evidence.

      Duterte is crazy.

      Any psychiatrists here?

    8. The CIDG police team who killed Mayor Espinosa should be jailed if they killed him to silence the mayor so that the latter could not divulge the involvement of some police officials in the illegal drug trade.

      Espinosa was more valuable alive since he got more information to reveal regarding the illegal drug operations, but the CIDG team killed him instead.

    9. I thought the president will back up his policemen, only if the killing is done within the law like self defense, but this one is murder according to NBI report. Every human being either your are criminal or not, has the right under the law, to protect themselves. How far will the president protect his policemen, even if this case is murder, that looks like a pattern to all drug related killings. Ordering the police to murder somebody shows that the president is an accomplish to a very serious crime.

      • In his delusional mind, King Digong thinks he is right. A trademark of a crazy person. That’s the only thing that could explain his views.

        How long before the Filipinos realize that they have a psychopath for a president?

    10. Duterte: “I will not allow these guys to go to prison, even if the NBI says it was murder. … But to tell you, I do not interfere.”

      In one breath he contradicts himself by saying he will interfere with the legal system, and that he will not interfere with the legal system. Both statements cannot be true. Usually people who “speak with a forked tongue” are not so obvious about it, but Duterte is like Trump in telling blatant big lies. Or Hitler, whose propaganda technique described in his book “Mein Kampf” was to tell a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”

      Duterte: “Whatever the police say, that’s the truth for me.” So even if the police are lying he will believe they are telling the truth? The police accused of murder in this case have every motive to lie. What motive do the NBI investigators have for lying? Something really smells about this case. Why, for example, would the police need a warrant from a judge to search a prisoner’s jail cell? That’s absurd and makes no sense. They could have simply had the prison warden authorize and conduct the search, without police involvement.

      It seems to me that those police are as corrupt as police who are involved in the drug trade. How can Duterte be sure that the police officers he believes always tell the truth are not corrupt police who are lying? Duterte’s disregard for the rule of law is making a mockery of the Philippine legal system.

      • AN ALIEN,

        You had some good observation, then you contradict yourself.

        You must be one who is “way out there” to compare Duterte with Trump. You need some serious psych evaluation.

      • Duterte is protecting the accused police because he ordered the killing, There is no other explanation that makes any sense at all except he has to protect them so they don’t snitch on him.

        The Philippines has officially cross the line with this latest statement from the president, There is no reason at all for a investigation into the EJK’s, the UN should take action now. The US should sever ties with the Philippines and take steps to isolate this rogue nation whose president supports premeditated murder.

        The police are just a extension of the Davao Death Squads, They murder unarmed citizens, plant evidence, lie to the senate investigators, swear to god to tell the truth then lie and Duterte protects them.

    11. Sir, by supporting the version of the police alibi, despite the initial finding of the NBI as rubout, that they won’t go to jail if the court find them guilty, that’s beyond me and the people of the Philippines. It’s hard to believe that I will hear from you , sir. Soon you will be losing a lot of respect and support on the 16 million who believe and voted for you. God forgive you,

      • I am one of those 16 millionths supporting Mr. Duterte’s candidacy for President, I could not believe what he said. And I feel betrayed by his action. Now I have second thought, is it worthy supporting his Presidency? Those responsible for killing these two persons inside the jail will rot in jail also. He mentioned he depend these crook police. But who’s money will be spent to depend themselves it’s taxpayer’s money. I’m against drugs and I support his advocacy about this. But let us give them the benefit of the doubt to depend themselves in court. Let’s give the Filipino people a decent living like good enough employment so that they will not tempt to go on drugs business.

      • Do not put any idea into the mind of the 16M supporters of PDigong since you cannot and do not speak for them. One supporter has yet to speak about and against this decision by the President. Let them look at the situation and come up with their own conclusion. I am sure they would understand where PDigong stands on this. Remember that he qualified his support for the Police by reminding them to be truthful and not lie to him. The guilty ones could go to jail but those who performed their duty because they followed the order (hence, “implicated”) could mete out a different form of punishment. I believe that’s what the President means. This is what he said: “But to tell you, I do not interfere. They have findings, good. File the case but I won’t leave the policemen implicated in the killing,” he added.

    12. The President said he would not interfere with the NBI’s decision to file murder cases against the policemen involved in the incident, but added he would not allow them to go to prison.
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      Even the Dutetards should be able to see the man is not mentally stable and needs to resign.
      He will allow murder if done by the police and protect them if they are charged.

      Yea that’s much better than some guy getting high

      • No. I don’t see it that way. There is a hidden word in his statement that everyone overlooked because they are easy to judge, that is, “implicated.” These are the ones that he is going to protect

        “But to tell you, I do not interfere. They have findings, good. File the case but I won’t leave the policemen implicated in the killing.”
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        Read his lips and pay attention.

    13. I think the president , although has a good intention to get rid of drugs and corruption is doing it the wrong way. We Elected a president not a Dictator or a king. He is out of bound on this matter. He need to stop his macho attitude coz it will bring him down.

    14. Betrayal of public trust whatever, but i say you just found an issue to make noise about. We are so tired of you useless politicians who seems uncapable of reading the president’s mind. All you care is to save yourself and your Ninang leila.

      • Please argue your case on facts and not use stupid arguments simply to defend the President when he has clearly contradicted himself. If the President cannot uphold the law then he should not be sitting in the President’s chair. He is not above the law.

    15. This is totally corrupting the laws that protect the good and right. If DU30 could have allowed someone free from any liability from wrongdoing, how could he enforce the right one? This is insane! Totally corrupting the good system of life and government. Even if I were to look at that in the family setting, I could not see any good and right for allowing the offender to be consoled and the offended to be punished more and more.

      • our justice system was already dead long time ago. people who have money always escapes judgement. laws in the philippines only applies to the poor with no power or influence and the rich are always exempted. that’s the trend since time immemorial.

    16. What Du30 saying is PNP not to go to jail in this case, but not other appropriate punishment for those not found to be just following order, so I found nothing wrong with that.

      • And your point is?

        So, if Jose Samilin is in prison and Duterte orders a policeman to shoot him dead, the cop does not have to go to jail because he is just following orders.

        What a great concept!

        I wonder who will Duterte order to be shot next?

        By the way, Mr. Samilin, you can write in Tagalog. Save the reader a headache trying to decipher what you are trying to express.

      • I think you are correct. President Digong will not allow the Police who followed orders to go to jail but be punished in another way. People have to read between the lines instead of being judgmental.

      • Thanks Ms. Aphetsky Lasa for being more knowledgeable and understandable person, Ms Jesse and Ms. FYI do not have that but quick to judge Du30 words uncharitably. Du30 loves to use hyperbole to make an unreal exaggeration to emphasize the real situation. Du30 has not interfered in any investigations, legal proceedings and filing of cases, and also emphasized very often that he will abide by and respect the rule of law and the Supreme Courts’ decisions He has also the right to free expression and consider them innocent until proven guilty.

        Did I gave you some hints to understand better my not that good English writing, because I am an Ilocano, Ms. FYI and Ms. JESSE ?

      • What Du30 saying is PNP not to go to jail in this case, but not other appropriate punishment for those not found to be just following order, so I found nothing wrong with that.
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        The Nazi’s tried that defense.

        Didn’t work then, Won’t work now.

        There is a code of conduct associated with some professions such as police or the military.

        If a senior officer orders you to kill his wife you are not required to obey. It is a unlawful order if follow unlawful orders you are guilty.

        I don’t expect the Dutertards to know anything but Duterte should know better.