SENATOR Grace Poe is frightened that the reinstatement of Supt. Marvin Marcos and 18 different policemen going through murder charges “may just encourage a culture of impunity among the ranks.”
Poe made the comment after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Phil. National Police (PNP) management to reinstate Marcos and his males who had been earlier charged with the homicide of former Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.
Espinosa and fellow inmate Raul Yap had been shot useless by a staff of policemen from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region eight when the victims allegedly fired at them after they had been serving them a search warrant for weapons and medicines.
The decrease court docket allowed them to post bail after the Department of Justice (DoJ) downgraded, from homicide to murder, the charges it filed in opposition to Marcos and his males for the killing of Espinosa and Yap.
“The questionable downgrading of the charge from murder to homicide against Marcos notwithstanding, it cannot be denied that there is probable cause that accused Marcos committed the crime,” Poe stated.
“Therefore, his reinstatement to active duty may further tarnish the PNP as an institution that should value and uphold the rule of law in the performance of duty,” the senator stated.
She added, “The PNP could very well carry out its duties in protecting our people without somebody like Marcos and his cohorts.”