MANILA - Superintendent Marvin Marcos, the controversial police officer who led a prison raid that left Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa dead, officially took over as officer-in-charge of the police Criminal Investigation Group (CID) of Soccsksargen region on Monday.
Out on bail for his homicide case, Marcos paid a courtesy call to Region 12 police chief Supt. Cedrick Gayona Train.
Marcos was head of PNP CIDG-Central Visayas last November when he and 18 other officers conducted a pre-dawn search of the Leyte sub-provincial jail, where they shot dead Espinosa and another inmate, Raul Yap.
Two Senate panels and the National Bureau of Investigation earlier said in separate reports that Espinosa's killing was "premeditated" by the police to cover up their involvement in the illegal drug activities of the mayor.
The slain mayor's son Kerwin, who confessed to being a drug dealer in Central Visayas, testified during a Senate inquiry that Marcos was on his payroll -- an allegation that the officer tearfully denied.
The Department of Justice, however, saw no premeditation in the killing and downgraded the charges against the policemen to homicide from murder.
Marcos and his men were put back on active duty last week after serving months of suspension.
President Rodrigo Duterte had several times vowed to pardon Marcos and his team.
-- With a report from Jay Dayupay, ABS-CBN News