- Senate president warned DOJ and PNP to give a good explanation on Supt. Marcos’ reinstatement
- He said Senate firm on stand that killing of Albuera mayor a case of premeditated murder
- Senator also said they have power to take DOJ and PNP to task over perceived bunglings
MANILA, Philippines – The budgets of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Department of Justice (DOJ) may be hanging in the balance after Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III told them to come up with a good explanation of Supt. Marvin Marcos’ reinstatement.
The senator told the two departments to come up with the explanation when the Senate tackles their respective budgets.
“If the Executive branch, through the DoJ, 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’sbudget,’’ Manila Bulletin quoted him as saying. “The PNP should likewise be prepared to discuss all of these issues especially during the budget deliberations where the PNP’s failure to solve the numerous killings all over the country will surely also be raised.”
It was the DOJ which downgraded the murder charges against Marcos for the death of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.; allowing the formerly detained cop to post bail. The PNP also reinstated him to the position of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief in Soccsksargen region.
However, Pimentel said the Senate remains firm that Espinosa’s killing was premeditated, and that they have the power to take the two departments to task for any perceived bunglings over the case.
“The Senate has made its position clear in the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. From our point of view, murder was committed,” he said. “The killing of Mayor Espinosa Sr., and all matters related to it, are matters imbued with public interest. Hence the Senate’s exercise of its oversight powers over our justice system and law enforcement is called for.”