Senate probes reinstatement of cops linked to Espinosa slay

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Posted at Jul 26 2017 10:30 AM | Updated as of Jul 26 2017 12:38 PM

MANILA - The Senate on Wednesday opened an inquiry on the reinstatement of cops linked to the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.

Among the resource persons invited to the probe are Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, and other PNP officials.

Supt. Marvin Marcos and 18 of his men have been reinstated after the Department of Justice downgraded the charges against them to homicide from murder.

Aguirre earlier explained that the charges against Supt. Marcos and his men were downgraded to bailable offense because of the absence of evident premeditation.

Supt. Marcos was head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) - Central Visayas when his men shot dead Espinosa and another inmate, Raul Yap, at the Leyte sub-provincial jail.

After serving his suspension and posting bail for his homicide case, Supt. Marcos was named head of the PNP-

Senators are set to ask officials why the murder charges were downgraded and the cops linked to the slay reinstated just weeks after.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson earlier expressed disgust over the reinstatement of the cops linked to the slay, saying it disregarded a conspiracy angle that authorities have long been probing.

"This effectively disregarded the conspiracy angle. In sum, there is a phrase to describe this whole damn thing: Put*ng I*a!" said Lacson.