Palace denies Duterte's alleged 'PHL death squad'

MALACA√ĎANG on Thursday lashed out at Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for allegedly inventing "huge fantasies" against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella denied the allegation of Trillanes that the President organized a so-called "Philippine Death Squad" to carry out summary executions all over the country.

"You know, he (Trillanes) seems to be really driven to these huge fantasies," he told Palace reporters.

Trillanes, a staunch critic of Duterte, told a weekly Senate forum earlier in the day that the alleged death squad in the country was composed of active police members belonging to Philippine National Police Academy Class 1996.

He also implicated Superintendent Marvin Marcos, head of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Eastern Visayas accused of killing former Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Jr., in the extrajudicial killings in the country.

The Department of Justice earlier downgraded the cases against Marcos and other CIDG members involved in Espinosa slay from murder to homicide.

Trillanes claimed that Duterte was behind the downgrading of cases against Marcos and the other policemen.

In his previous impromptu speeches, the President repeatedly defended Marcos' team and said that he was ready to pardon them.

Abella, however, belied Trillanes' claim and accused him of being "out of tune and not reflective of the times." (SunStar Philippines)

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