Bato: No whitewash in Espinosa killing probe

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 13 2017 07:15 PM | Updated as of Mar 13 2017 07:45 PM

MANILA - Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald Dela Rosa on Monday said he does not plan to change the decision and recommendation of the PNP Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) regarding the case of police Superintendent Marvin Marcos and his group for the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. inside a detention cell.

According to Dela Rosa, he is confident about the investigation conducted by the IAS and there is no reason for him to overturn its decision even if Marcos and his group will file an appeal to him. 

"Hindi na ako makikinig sa kanila kahit na anong appeal nila diyan. Kung ano ang gawin ng IAS na resolution, that’s final for me. I will sign it. Pag sinabi ng IAS na tigok, tigok. Pag sinabi ng IAS na abswelto, abswelto. May tiwala ako doon, kasi napaka-sensational na kaso iyan at 'di pa nila ayusin trabaho nila kaya 'di iyan magkakaroon ng whitewash," Dela Rosa said.

“Pag sinabi nilang tanggal sila lahat sa serbisyo, pipirmahan ko yun pag sinabi nilang abswelto sila pipirmahan ko yun either way. Basta kung ano recommendation ng IAS. I have full trust sa aming internal affairs service," Dela Rosa added.

Dela Rosa said they want the Department of Justice to release its decision on the criminal case of Marcos and his group in order to further solidify the case against them. 

PNP-IAS Deputy Inspector General Police Director Leo Angelo Leuterio said they submitted the draft of the decision in the case of Marcos and his group.

"Yung resolution namin with our recommendation, ibinigay namin kay Bato so agree siya doon. Ibinalik niya at (sinabing) 'kayo na rin mag-draft ng decision para pirmahan ko na lang,]" Leuterio said.

Leuterio declined to comment on the findings and said they will leave the discretion to the PNP chief to announce them to the public.

In the event Marcos and his group are charged with grave misconduct, they will be immediately relieved from the service even if they appeal to Napolcom, Civil Service Commission, and even the Supreme Court.

"The decision of the chief 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.