Police Superintendent Marvin Marcos and his men are now back to active duty.
Marcos has been reinstated as the new chief of the PNP-CIDG Region 12 while his men will be deployed to regions 12 and seven in Central Visayas.
The reinstatement of Marcos’ group is in accordance to the order of President Rodrigo Duterte.
They were implicated in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa, Sr. and one inmate inside his detention in Baybay Sub Provincial Jail in Leyte in November 2016.
Several lawmakers expressed dismay on the matter.
In a statement, Sen. Bam Aquino said the order disregards the law and the campaign against violence.
For her part, Sen. Grace Poe said it will stain the image of the PNP. She adds the police institution does not need the likes of Marcos and his men.
Meanwhile, Sen. Panfilo Lacson called for an investigation of the issue.
PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa denied allegations of impunity in the reinstatement of Marcos.
“We have shown that our justice system works. If a drug pusher or drug lord claims that they have the right to due process, our police men also have the right. After due process that’s the result, why won’t we accept it?” PNP Chief PDG Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said.
Dela Rosa added that the reinstatement of Marcos is because he is now cleared of his administrative case. However, he still has to face the homicide charges filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ).
“I’m not the one who decides on that. There is an investigation process, the criminal case from murder to homicide, that’s DOJ’s decision,” PNP Chief dela Rosa said.
Dela Rosa appealed to Supt. Marcos to be honest and stay loyal to his duty.
He must also prove that he is indeed innocent of any involvement in the killing of the elder Espinosa. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News and Rescue