July 26, 2017, 2:35 am
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Marcos can still be suspended: PNP chief

BY RAYMOND AFRICA AND JP LOPEZ

SUPT. Marvin Marcos can still be unseated as chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Region 12 if PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa denies his motion for reconsideration on his four-month suspension order.

Dela Rosa also said Marcos and his men never got to serve their suspensions because they were ordered arrested, detained, and considered on leave of absence.

Marcos and company were ordered suspended as punishment for the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa and drug inmate Raul Yap inside the Baybay Sub-Provincial Jail on November last year.

Dela Rosa said Marcos and his men were not able to serve their suspension after the court ordered their arrest, after which they were placed under custody by the PNP.

Right after the justice department downgraded the murder charges to homicide, Marcos and his men were able to post bail, and were released from detention. They then filed a motion for reconsideration.

While on detention, they were considered on leave of absence.

Last week, President Duterte ordered Marcos’ reinstatement and he was assigned as chief of CIDG Region 12. 

“We were not able to implement (the suspension order) pending the resolution of that motion for reconsideration. So in the meantime, they are for duty status and their leave of absence was automatically terminated after they posted bail. He’s back to full duty status so that’s why he can be assigned anywhere,” Dela Rosa said.

Dela Rosa said he is still studying Marcos’ motion for reconsideration.

“Granting we deny his motion for reconsideration, we will implement the decision of the Internal Affairs Service, (to) which I concurred. I signed the resolution that he be suspended for four months. So, if he is suspended for four months, he cannot hold office because he is suspended,” he said.

He added that the same will hold true on some of Marcos’ men, who were punished with one rank demotion if their motions will also be denied.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said the Philippine National Police and the Department of Justice should defend its decisions when an investigation by the Senate on the reinstatement of Marcos starts.

Pimentel said Dela Rosa should also be prepared to answer questions on policies on police discipline, internal affairs, treatment of officers facing serious criminal cases and human rights.

He said Dela Rosa would also be grilled Congress deliberates on the proposed 2018 budget of the PNP.

“I know that the prosecution of crimes is the responsibility of the Executive Branch. If the Executive Branch through the Department of Justice characterized the incident as homicide and not murder, then it is expected to be able to defend such a decision in any forum, including the Senate in a hearing that may be called for that purpose and/or during the upcoming deliberations on the department’s budget,” Pimentel said.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson, chairman of the Senate public order committee, earlier said he intends to call an investigation on the reinstatement of Marcos when session opens next week.

Pimentel stressed that the Senate has already made its position clear that the killing of Espinosa and Yap was premeditated and that it recommended the filing of murder charges against Marcos and his men.

However, the DOJ downgraded the murder charges to homicide, allowing the accused police officials to post bail.

Lacson, for his part, urged the National Police Commission (Napolcom) to conduct a thorough review on the administrative case against Marcos.

Lacson said the Napolcom should be very careful in reviewing the Marcos case “and consider the deeper implications on police discipline and efficiency.”

“Imagine if police scalawags were given field assignments invoking the Marcos case as precedent, and deployed all over, then we have a much bigger peace and order problem,” he added.
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