The reinstatement of Police Supt. Marvin Marcos and his new assignment as Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief in Region 12 based in General Santos City triggered strong reactions from various groups, particularly the militant group Bayan Muna.
Ryan Lariba, Bayan Muna secretary general said President Rodrigo Duterte’s reinstatement of Marcos “promotes a culture of impunity.”
“We call on President Duterte to stop this because it might be a continuous practice for any member of the Philippine National Police to kill and get away with the crime,” Lariba said.
The controversial police officer reported to the CIDG-Region 12 office on Monday and immediately conducted a command conference. Later on Monday night, eight of his men implicated in the murder arrived in the evening.
However, he refused to face members of the media who waited to interview him until Tuesday.
Marcos and 18 other policemen of CIDG-8 in Leyte were accused in the November 2016 killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., an alleged drug lord, and another inmate in a shootout while they were in jail.
He was suspended after the filing of murder charges against him and 18 others but Duterte recommended his reinstatement and assignment to the CIDG in Region 12.
Last March 16, Judge Carlos Arguelles of the Regional Trial Court Branch 14 in Baybay City, Leyte issued two arrest warrants against Marcos and other CIDG-8 members.
Meanwhile, Gensan city councilor Geng Gacal said, “There is no chance of opposing the acts of president Duterte for it is his choice and recommendation we will see how police senior superintendent Marcos would perform.”
GenSan citizens sent a barrage of text messages to a daily local radio program saying that with him having the backing of the President, it is not farfetched that what happened to Espinosa and another inmate may happen again.
“There is no need to fear for Marcos being assigned here in Region 12 as long as GenSan citizens would not be involved in illegal drugs and if civilians are law abiding,” another caller said.