Shocked senators have condemned the reinstatement of a police officer charged with the capturing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa and one other inmate in a Leyte jail final 12 months.
Superintendent Marvin Marcos and 18 subordinates are going through murder charges after capturing Espinosa and Raul Yap throughout a raid on their cell in Baybay City Jail.
The officers claimed Espinosa, who was accused of involvement within the drug commerce, had fired the primary shot with a smuggled gun.
Marcos and his males had been launched on bail final month after their charges had been downgraded by the Department of Justice from homicide to murder on the premise there was “no evidence of premeditation or plan to kill the victims”.
Speaking at this time (Thursday, July 13), former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Senator Panfilo Lacson summed up the reinstatement of Marcos with the favorite expletive of President Duterte.
“In sum, there is a phrase to describe this whole damn thing: Put*ng i*a!” he stated.
Senator Lacson is the chairman of the Senate committee on public order and harmful medicine that led the investigation into the shootings.
His committee, together with the committee on human rights, concluded that the killing of Espinosa was premeditated homicide and an occasion of “abuse of authority”.
President Duterte introduced the reinstatement of Marcos yesterday saying he had served his four-month suspension and was “presumed innocent until proven guilty”.
“Innocent until proven guilty”
Marcos is already again in service and heading the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Soccsksargen.
Furthermore, the president additionally stated he would pardon Marcos if the police officer had been ever convicted in reference to the case.
This isn’t the primary time the officer has been reinstated on the president’s orders.
Last October he was relieved over alleged involvement within the drug commerce of Kerwin Espinosa, the late mayor’s son, however was reinstated on the identical day.
It was simply weeks after this, in November, that the daddy was shot in his cell.
“Culture of impunity”
Senator Grace Poe was aghast at at this time’s decision, and stated: “It can’t be denied that there’s possible trigger that accused Marcos dedicated the crime.
“Therefore, his reinstatement to lively obligation could additional tarnish the PNP as an establishment that ought to worth and uphold the rule of legislation within the efficiency of obligation.
“Such reinstatement may just encourage a culture of impunity among the ranks.”
Senator Risa Hontiveros described the reinstatement order as “a clear attempt to obstruct the course of justice” and “tacit approval of extrajudicial killings in the country”.
“This is outright obstruction of justice from the very best degree of governance and Executive promotion of extrajudicial killings. For those that nonetheless deny that there are state-sanctioned killings, right here is damning proof.
“The Senate and even the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) concluded that the death of Espinosa was a case of extrajudicial killing.
“How can President Duterte dismiss those findings?”
She additionally referred to as out Dela Rosa for saying it was higher to reinstate Marcos since he was “getting paid anyway”.
“I expect better thinking from the PNP chief,” she stated. “We let a murderer have a free pass and go back to the uniformed service because his suspension is a waste of money?”
From her cell in Camp Crame, jailed Senator Leila de Lima stated what she discovered “shocking” about Duterte’s order was its final objective — granting immunity to criminals.
“What is surprising although is the apparent and inescapable conclusion that these actions by Duterte have been adopted with the illegitimate objective of affording criminals immunity.
“This truly alarming, truly horrifying.”
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV went even additional, saying the president had an ulterior motive.
“Duterte not only set the murderers free, he now gave back their badges and guns so they could murder again with impunity. Why? Because Duterte fears that these policemen might rat out on him for what they know about his involvement in the Espinosa murder,” he stated.
“There are reasons”
Police chief Ronald dela Rosa stated the general public ought to belief the PNP’s decision, saying: “There’s an Internal Affairs Service who investigated his case. If Marcos was given a dismissal, suspension, or a sanction lower than what is expected by the public, there are reasons for that.”
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella additionally defended the decision. “The president respects and abides by the rule of law,” he stated.
“Police Superintendent Marvin Marcos has served his suspension and is eligible to be back to duty.”