After six months: Bato says Supt. Marcos still eligible for promotion

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  • PNP chief said there is a possibility cop linked to slay of Albuera mayor may yet get promoted
  • He said Marcos eligible for promotion so long as he won’t be found liable for administrative raps
  • Lacson lamented likelihood of promotion, said Senate will watch development closely

MANILA, Philippines – Supt. Marvin Marcos may end up getting a promotion after his stint as chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Region 12 despite the controversy hounding him over the death of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.

PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa admitted this much during the Senate’s hearing on Wednesday into Marcos’ reinstatement as well as the downgrading of the murder charges against him for Espinosa’s death.

According to Dela Rosa, Marcos could still be promoted provided he is not charged and found liable administratively.

“There is a likelihood, there is a likelihood, if he is…if he’s not disqualified from the promotion, so kung  hindi siya [if he’s not] disqualified, then he is qualified,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.

Lacson, chair of the Senate committee on public order, said Marcos might even get the promotion after six months of being the CIDG-Region 12 chief.

“There’s a huge possibility that after 6 months, which is the required residency period, he can even be promoted to Senior Superintendent,” he said. “If he is not disqualified, then he will be qualified for promotion. That’s an entry position for Senior Superintendent as CPNP mentioned earlier.”

The senator, who brought up the topic of promotion, said the Senate will continue to keep on eye on Marcos and do what it can to prevent him from getting a reward.

“We are trying to elicit information from General Dela Rosa on what can be done with the situation. The reason why I mentioned that is to preempt whatever their plans are because Superintendent Marcos was given an entry point for promotion,” he said. “Now at least, I made them conscious that the Senate is on guard.”

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