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‘JV’ to Marcos: Resign, help restore confidence in PNP, Duterte

Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito yesterday urged Supt.  
 Marvin Marcos, one of the
   principal accused in the
   killing of Albuera, Leyte
 Mayor Rolando Espinosa  
Sr., to voluntarily resign from service and spare President Rodrigo Duterte from further controversy on the issue.
“I think he’s becoming too hot to handle. It’s not good for the image of the PNP (Philippine National Police) and for the President also,” he said.  The controversial police officer is reported to be assigned as head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Region 12 anytime this week.

Ejercito said he’s one with most of his colleagues who were dismayed with the decision of Mr. Duterte to have Marcos reinstated despite clear findings by the Senate and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) that death of Espinosa inside his cell at the Baybay Provincial Jail was premeditated or a case of a murder.
According to the senator, if he will be given an opportunity to talk to the President, he will try to convince Duterte to reconsider his decision to reinstate and continuously back up Marcos.
While he did not make a similar call, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, for his part, warned against the reinstatement or even the return to active service of Marcos and 18 other co-accused, saying it may have serious consequences later on.
“The Marcos case may have deeper implications. Police scalawag may now invoke his case as precedent and demand to be given field assignments,” Lacson said in his Twitter account.
Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, in an interview with dzBB, expressed belief that Marcos and his co-accused do not really stand to be liable for whatever criminal offense they committed even amid findings by investigating bodies, including the PNP’s Internal Affairs Service (IAS).
“There is a design really. For me, there is a design from the very start, no murder case should be filed because it is non-bailable,” he said.
“In my view, there is really a plan for them to be reinstated,” he said stressed, noting efforts by the PNP-IAS and the Department of Justice (DoJ) to downgrade whatever appropriate and more serious charges should be slapped against Marcos and his alleged co-conspirators.
Marcos, then chief of the CIDG Region 8, was not among those who entered the jail premises to serve the search warrant issued against Espinosa but was outside the so-called scene of the crime when the late mayor was killed.
“That’s why it’s called conspiracy. He’s the one who called the shots. Even if he’s not there, still there could still be conspiracy. What king of decision was that? There is a conspiracy and a design to downgrade and reinstate an officer (that’s how I see it),” Drilon said.


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