Tuesday July 17, 2018

Cop linked to Espinosa slay to head CIDG unit

SUPERINTENDENT Marvin Marcos, the police official who led the operation that resulted in the killing of former Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa, will be the new head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Soccsksargen, CIDG director Roel Obusan said Thursday.

Immediately after his suspension order was lifted, Obusan said Marcos will report to his new assignment, while another 15 cops who also took part in the controversial law enforcement operation will be deployed in Central Visayas and Central Mindanao regions.

The CIDG official has yet to release the names of the 15 policemen.

Last Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte announced he wants Marcos and his men reinstated in the police service.

For his part, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald Dela Rosa said he is in favor ofDuterte's decision.

"Sayang din kung walang ginagawa, 'di ba? Sumusweldo [sina Marcos], walang ginagawa. E 'di pagtrabahuhin natin," he said.

On November 5, 2016, Espinosa was killed by CIDG operatives inside his detention cell in Baybay, Leyte while being served a search warrant for allegedly possessing firearms.

The CIDG operatives involved in the operation were Superintendent Santi Noel Matira; Chief Inspector Leo Larraga; Senior Inspector Fritz Blanco; Senior Inspector Deogracias Diaz; Inspector Lucredito Candilosas; SPO4 Melvin Cayubit; PO3 Johnny Ibañez; SPO4 Juanito Duarte; PO1 Lloyd Ortigueza; PO1 Bhernard Orpilla; SPO2 Benjamin Dacallos; PO3 Norman Abellanosa; PO1 Jerlans Cabiyaan; PO1 Clixto Canillas Jr; SPO1 Mark Christian Cadilo; PO2 John Ruel Doculan; SPO2 Antonio Docil; and PO2 Jaime Dacsal.

Laraga, who admitted having killed Espinosa, earlier claimed that what he did was self defense after the mayor allegedly attempted to shoot him.

In a Senate committee report, it concluded that Espinosa's killing was premeditated by those involved in the operation.

The report noted Espinosa son's statement that Marcos, Matira and Laraga were receiving monthly payola for the protection of his illegal drugs activities.

The administrative charges against Marcos and his alleged cohorts were resolved in their favor while the criminal charges against them are still pending with the prosecutor's office. (SunStar Philippines)