President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday called for the reinstatement of Supt. Marvin Marcos, the leader of the regional police unit that killed Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. in a jail raid.
The Department of Justice downgraded the cases filed against the police officers from murder to homicide, a move that was widely criticized by senators who also held hearings on the killing.
Speaking at the anniversary of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, Duterte said that Marcos was not involved in the operation that killed Espinosa.
“Marcos was suspended. I said bring him back. He was not part of the raiding team,” Duterte said.
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald de la Rosa favored the reinstatement of Marcos.
“It would just be unfair if he is not doing anything but he is getting his salary,” he said.
“[Marcos] will be back in his previous unit. He used to be in the CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) so I will leave it to the CIDG wherever he will be placed,” he added.
According to de la Rosa, Marcos will be reinstated to full-duty status.
Earlier, 19 police officers implicated in the killing of Espinosa surrendered after an arrest warrant was issued against them by Judge Carlos Arguelles of Baybay City Regional Trial Court Branch 14.
with Dempsey Reyes