With Supt. Marvin Marcos reinstated as the new head of CIDG-SOCCKSARGEN, netizens and lawmakers alike fear that this would encourage impunity. One netizen even threw shade at what is now one of Foreign Affairs Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano’s lines, wherein he compared the Philippines to Singapore in terms of the people’s “feeling of safety” while walking the streets at night.
Facebook user Bernard Ong summarized Marcos’ case involving the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa in his jail cell on November 5, 2016. He said that Cayetano might be half right in assessing the level of safety in the Philippines.
“Congratulations Alan Cayetano. You were half correct. This is the safest country in the world – for accused killer-cops,” Ong said.
In September 2016, Cayetano defended Duterte’s drug war because the Philippines has become safer for Filipinos.
“It’s not perfect. In fact the president very candidly said he needs another six months pero let us be honest to ourselves, it is happening. The Philippines is becoming more like Singapore in terms of being able to walk the streets at anytime at night,” he said in a privilege speech.
“What do we want? Bumalik tayo six years past o ipagpatuloy natin ang pagbabago? Do we go back or do we go forward? More of the same or change? Gusto ba natin na takot ang tao at ang criminal hindi takot?”
“Dalawang buwan pa lang mahigit, may pakiramdam na ng kaligtasan. (In just two months, there is already a sense of safety.) I’m not saying that people now feel safe, I’m saying they feel safer,” Cayetano added.
In his July 13 post entitled, This is How Impunity Becomes the Norm,” Ong wrote the highlights of Marcos’ and his CIDG team’s case involving the Espinosa slay and how Duterte and the government handled it.
He wrote about how Duterte talked about ordering Espinosa’s killing in October 2016, how he was killed a month later, and how cases were filed against Marcos and 18 of his CIDG team members in December 2016.
Ong then recalled how Marcos “got off the hook” in March 2017 with Duterte’s promise to free them because they were simply obeying his orders, how the Department of Justice downgraded the charges from murder to the bailable homicide charge, allowing Marcos and his team to post bail in May 2017.
Finally, on July 12, Ong noted how Duterte said he wanted to reinstate Marcos, a move that was seconded by PNP chief Dir. Gen. Ronald dela Rosa.
That was how he came to the conclusion that the Philippines is indeed the “safest country in the world – for accused killer-cops.”
We just found out that there was already an order effective July 11, a day before Duterte talked about reinstating Marcos, to appoint Marcos as the head of CIDG-SOCCKSARGEN.