THE Philippine National Police (PNP) defended a controversial police officer whose return to service on orders of President Rodrigo Duterte drew flak.
At a press conference on Friday, PNP spokesman Dionardo Carlos said the reinstatement of Supt. Marvin Marcos was part of the police’s “established procedure,” particularly for personnel facing administrative and criminal charges.
However, the reinstatement of Marcos and 18 other policemen who were involved in the killing of former Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., left a bad taste in the mouth for some senators including those allied with the incumbent administration.
“We respect that. That’s their right. We just hope that they will understand that this is an established procedure, we are not exceeding from our established procedure and it [just]happened that [the procedure]was in favor to the accused cops,” Carlos told reporters.
On Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his desire to have Marcos back in the service again, saying that the officer “was not even there” when Espinosa and another inmate, Raul Yap, were killed in their detention cells after they allegedly tried to resist policemen investigating reports on the presence of firearms inside prison.
PNP chief Ronald de la Rosa favored Duterte’s decision and noted it would be a waste if Marcos was being paid his salary without working. DEMPSEY REYES