Cop linked to Espinosa slay out on bail as court downgrades raps to homicide

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 16 2017 08:42 PM

MANILA- Supt. Marvin Marcos, head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Region 8 (CIDG-8), is out of detention after he was granted bail while facing trial for the slay of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa and another inmate in November last year. 

This as the Baybay Regional Trial Court granted the Department of Justice's motion to downgrade charges against Marcos and several other officers from murder to homicide, as it found no premeditation following a review of the case. 

CIDG Region-8 deputy chief Insp. Teodolo Armada confirmed to ABS-CBN News that Marcos was already out on bail.

The DOJ, in a review resolution on May 29, 2017, dismissed two counts of murder against members of the CIDG-8 led by Marcos, indicting them instead for homicide, a lesser and bailable offense.

Marcos’ group held an operation at the Leyte sub-provincial jail dawn of Nov. 5, 2016 to serve search warrants for Espinosa and another inmate, Raul Yap, for alleged possession of a firearm and illegal drugs, respectively.

Espinosa had been detained on drug charges. 

The two inmates ended up dead in the operation. 

Marcos has repeatedly denied that his team planned to murder Espinosa. --reports from Ina Reformina and Sharon Evite, ABS-CBN News