Senator Panfilo Lacson has one phrase in mind to describe the move to reinstate Supt. Marvin Marcos – “put*ng i*na.”
Lacson reacted to the news after President Rodrigo Duterte said that he would want suspended Supt. Marcos to be reinstated, despite facing criminal charges over the death of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa and another detainee, Raul Yap, in their jail cell on November 5.
On July 12, in a speech during the 26th anniversary of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Camp Aguinaldo, Duterte said that he would not allow law enforcers to go to prison for obeying his orders.
He also reasoned how Marcos should be treated like any other criminal, who is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
“Si Marcos, suspended. Eh ‘di suspended siya. Eh tapos na ang suspension, sabi ko ibalik ninyo sa trabaho iyang mama na iyan,” Duterte said.
“Eh may kaso, and so? Iyong criminal na p— ina sabihin mo presumption of innocence, eh ang gobyerno hindi mo—why the stupid rationale there?” he added.
PNP chief Dir. Gen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa agreed with Duterte’s remarks.
“Yes, sayang ‘yun kung walang ginagawa, ‘di ba? Sumusuweldo, walang ginagawa. Edi pagtrabahuhin natin,” he said.
Dela Rosa added that Duterte’s move will give the police a morale boost.
“High morale ang police and hindi ka pababayaan ng iyong Commander-in-Chief ‘pag ika’y nagtatrabaho,” he added.
PNP Chief Dir. Gen. Ronald dela Rosa on the reinstatement of Albuera Mayor Ronaldo Espinosa slay suspect Supt. Marvin Marcos. pic.twitter.com/emUuhHC1XO
— Rie Takumi (@rie_takumi) July 13, 2017
Marcos criminal charges were downgraded from murder to homicide by the Department of Justice, a move that was slammed by the Senate. The Senate adopted the finding of the Committee on Public Order, led by Senator Lacson, that Espinosa’s murder was premeditated.
GMA News Reporter, Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez (@kaeceealvarez) tweeted Lacson’s reaction in the evening of July 12.
“It is not even a reinstatement. Rather, it was back-to-duty status after serving his 4-month suspension order incorporated in a “slap-on-the-wrist” administrative penalty imposed on Marcos by the PNP IAS (Internal Affairs Service) and subsequently approved by CPNP de la Rosa,” Lacson said in a text statement to reporters.
“According to the decision, Marcos was not physically present when the raiding team killed Espinosa and Raul Yap, but outside supervising the operation. The others were given demotions and 6-month suspensions. This effectively disregard the conspiracy angle,” he said.
“In sum, there is a phrase to describe this whole damn thing: Put*ng I*a!” he added.
Sen. Ping Lacson on Supt. Marcos reinstatement: "There is a phrase to describe this whole damn thing: Put*ng I*a." pic.twitter.com/mIzacXkgds
— Kaecee Alvarez (@kaeceealvarez) July 13, 2017
Other senators also weighed in on the issue.
Senator Grace Poe said Marcos’ reinstatement as something that will “encourage a culture of impunity” among cops.
“His reinstatement to active duty may further tarnish the PNP as an institution that should value and uphold the rule of law in the performance of duty. Such reinstatement may just encourage a culture of impunity among the ranks. The PNP could very well carry out its duties in protecting our people somebody like Marcos and his cohorts,” she said.
Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan hoped that lawmakers will serve as a “check and balance” in this move.
“We hope the sens (senators) who signed the report on Espinosa slay will close ranks and fulfill its duty to act as a check and balance,” Pangilinan.
Senator Risa Hontiveros compared Duterte’s order of Marcos’ reinstatement as proof of “Executive promotion of extrajudicial killings.”
“This is outright obstruction of justice from the highest level of governance and Executive promotion of extrajudicial killings,” she said.
She also slammed dela Rosa for seconding Duterte’s order.
“I expect better thinking from the PNP chief. We let a murderer have a free pass and go back to the uniformed service because his suspension is a waste of money?” Hontiveros said.
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian urged the PNP to “hold” any move concerning Marcos and his team, whom he called “scalawags.”
“It would be prudent on the PNP to hold whatever action they are thinking, pending itong parang opinion or outcry sa Senado,” he said in an interview.
“Pag nag-reinstate sila, baka mas marami pan ghindi magandang magawa itong mga ‘to. I consider them scalawags. Dapat nga wala sila sa pwersa natin,” Gatchalian said.
In the afternoon of July 13, Chief Superintendent Cedric Train of Region 12 confirmed to GMA News Online that Supt. Marcos has been appointed as the head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group – SOCCKSARGEN.
“Siya na daw po pero wala po siya dito. [Nasa Camp] Crame pa po. Balita na po may order na daw po siya,” Train said.
The order is effective July 11, a day before Duterte said he wanted Marcos reinstated.