Dela Rosa orders decision on cops tagged in Espinosa's killing

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 08 2017 11:12 PM

Police Supt. Marvin Marcos and 18 other members of the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Region 8 were implicated in the death of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. inside a jail cell. ABS-CBN News file photo

MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has ordered the police’s Internal Affairs Service (IAS) to draft the decision on the case of police officers implicated in the death of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.

It will determine the fate of Police Superintendent Marvin Marcos and 18 other members of the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Region 8, who were implicated in the alleged murder of Espinosa while he was detained in the Baybay sub-provincial jail in November last year.

According to PNP-IAS deputy inspector general Director Leo Angelo Leuterio, Dela Rosa ordered the decision to be drafted so he could sign the document.

“Iyong resolution namin with our recommendation, ibinigay namin kay Bato so agree siya doon. Ibinalik niya, at [sinabi niya na] ‘Kayo na rin mag-draft ng decision para pirmahan ko na lang,’” Leuterio said.

Leuterio also said that Dela Rosa agreed with the findings of the IAS, and that the chief is ready to uphold the IAS’ recommendations in the administrative case against Marcos. 

Leuterio declined to disclose their recommendations. They will let Dela Rosa decide what to reveal to the public, he said.

Marcos and his group face administrative cases for grave misconduct, and if IAS findings fall under this category, the accused all face dismissal from the service. 

“The decision of the chief [of the] PNP is final and executory, immediately after he decides he can direct the director for personnel and records management to issue the order dismissing such personnel from the police service", Leuterio said.

While Marcos and his group have the option to file for an appeal with Dela Rosa, the National Police Commission, Civil Service Commission, or the court, Leuterio clarified that once they are dismissed from the service, all their benefits will be forfeited even if an appeal is ongoing.