Palace defends reinstatement of Supt. Marcos
Malacañang on Friday defended the reinstatement of Supt. Marvin Marcos and assured the public that the government, particularly the Philippine National Police (PNP), will cooperate in any investigation regarding the issue.
“The government will cooperate. I mean the government through the PNP will cooperate with any, with any investigations. We have always participated in any hearings and we will continue to abide by that,” Abella said.
On Wednesday, Duterte said he wanted the reinstatement of Marcos. A day later, Marcos is back in the service and now heads the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Soccsksargen (CIDG-12).
“The reinstatement of Supt. Marcos is basically in compliance with the fact that he was suspended and the suspension has been served,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a Palace briefing.
On Thursday, senators blasted the order to reinstate Marcos and 18 other policemen who were linked to the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.
Lacson, who chairs the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, said he would immediately call for a hearing when the session resumes on July 24 to discuss the reinstatement issue of Marcos.
Marcos and 18 other policemen were earlier charged with murder in connection with the killing of Espinosa but the case was later reduced to homicide.
Marcos and the other policemen were arrested in March after warrants of arrest for the case of murder were issued against them. But the police officials were later freed when the case became homicide, a bailable offense. JPV
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