- President’s chief critic blasted him for reinstatement of cops accused of Albuera mayor’s killing
- He said Duterte had them reinstated to avoid them turning against him
- He also reiterated that Marcos and men part of Duterte’s death squad
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte’s chief critic has blasted him over the reinstatement of policemen accused of killing Albuera mayor Rolando Epsinosa Sr.; saying the move was meant to keep them quiet.
In his latest tirade against Duterte, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV said the president ordered the reinstatement of Supt Marvin Marcos and 18 other operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) primarily to avoid them blowing the whistle on his supposed involvement with Espinosa’s death.
“Duterte not only set the murderers free, he now gave back their badges and guns so they could murder again with impunity. Why? Because Duterte fears that these policemen might rat out on him for what they know about his involvement in the Espinosa murder,” GMA News quoted him as saying.
The senator then reiterated Marcos’ ties with Duterte as part of his national death squad; saying the president personally had a hand in his assignments.
“Remember, it was divulged during the hearings that right after assuming office on June 30, Duterte had Marcos and company reassigned to CIDG-8,” he said. “But when Gen. Dela Rosa relieved them for being implicated by Espinosa in the illegal drug trade and, at the same time, not having the required schooling to be assigned at CIDG, it was Duterte himself who ordered Dela Rosa for their immediate reinstatement. Then just a few weeks after, Espinosa ended up getting murdered by Marcos’ group.”
Aside from Trillanes, several other senators also expressed their concern over the reinstatement, especially after their committee found Marcos and his men liable for the premeditated killing of Espinosa.