LOOK: Cops tagged in Espinosa slay show up for arraignment

Melanie Bingco, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 29 2017 10:07 AM | Updated as of Mar 29 2017 12:06 PM

The 19 policemen and maritime personnel who were tagged in the killing of Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa arrived at a local court in Baybay City Wednesday for a scheduled arraignment.

A radio DZMM report said the scheduled arraignment did not push through.

The group, headed by Supt. Marvin Marcos, allegedly shot to death Espinosa and Raul Yap, another inmate at the Leyte sub-provincial jail, when they were just supposed to serve search warrants against the inmates in November.

Two Senate panels and the National Bureau of Investigation 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.

Indicted for one count of murder for Espinosa’s killing are Marcos, Supt. Noel G. Matira, Chief Inspector Leo D. Laraga; SPO4 Melvin M. Cayobit; PO3 Johnny A. Ibañez; Senior Inspector Deogacias P. Diaz III; SPO2 Benjamin L. Dacallos; PO3 Norman T. Abellanosa; PO1 Jerlan S. Cabiyaan; Chief Inspector Calixto C. Canillas, Jr.; Senior Inspector Lucrecito A. Candilosas; SPO2 Antonio R. Docil; SPO1 Mark Christian Cadilo; PO2 Jhon Ruel Doculan; and PO2 Jaime P Bacsal.

Indicted for a separate count of murder for Yap’s killing are Marcos; Diaz; Dacallos; Abellanosa; Cabiyaan; Canillas; Candilosas; Cadillo; Doculan; Bacsal; SPO4 Juanito A. Duarte; PO1 Lloyd O. Ortigueza; Senior Inspector Fritz B. Blanco; PO1 Bhernard R. Orpilla; and SPO2 Antonio R. Docil.

Indicted for two counts of violation of Article 129 of the Revised Penal Code for maliciously obtaining search warrants and abuse in the service of the same are Laraga, Abellanosa, and Paul G. Olendan, the witness used by the policemen in obtaining the warrants.
Olendan was also indicted for perjury.