MANILA – Superintendent Marvin Marcos, the sacked chief of the Philippine National Police–Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) in Region 8, got emotional Wednesday as he sought to debunk allegations that he coddled drug lords in his jurisdiction.
Self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa said in a Senate hearing that Marcos got P3 million from him as protection money.
Espinosa said Marcos initially demanded P3 million, but the drug lord insisted that he was saving his money for his father's own electoral campaign. He said Marcos eventually agreed to a payola of P2.5 million.
Espinosa said he had to save up his drug profits and was only able to remit the first tranche of P1.5 million to Marcos two days before the May 9 elections.
Satisfied with Marcos' alleged aid, Espinosa said he promised to give the officer a "bonus" of P500,000 if his father wins the election.
Asked to give his reaction on Espinosa’s allegations, Marcos said it would be impossible for him to wield influence, claiming his position was not that high in the organizational hierarchy of the regional police.
“Para ako suhulan o maging protector ni Kevin ay napaka-imposible noon. Hindi ko po siya kilala at di kami nagkita ni minsan. Wala po akong proteksyon na kayang ibigay sa kanya,” Marcos said.
Marcos also sought to debunk Espinosa’s allegation that he demanded money for his wife’s election campaign. He said this could not have happened since he has long been separated from his wife.
“Sabi niya nanghingi ako ng pera para sa asawa ko para sa eleksyon. Hiwalay na ako sa asawa ko since 2013. I was separated with my wife, not legally, pero bumukod na ako. Nakatira na ako sa father ko,” Marcos said.
“Nagkaroon ng trouble ang marriage ko ng December 2012, but we separated January 2013 up to present. Bakit ako tutulong doon, 'di nga ako bumoto eh.”
Marcos led the CIDG-8 team November 5 raiding team at a jail facility in Baybay City, Leyte that left dead the younger Espinosa’s father, Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.
Senators who attended the previous, and even Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, are convinced that the elder Espinosa’s killing was premeditated.
The raiding team drew the senators’ ire after it was revealed that one of its members requested for a forensics team ahead of the actual raid, as if the team was already expecting that someone would die in the raid.
Senators also questioned the “hole” in the timeline provided by the CIDG on the raid, as the details on the actual killing of the mayor were unavailable.
During the last hearing, an inmate-witness was also quoted by investigators as saying that the gun found beside the lifeless body of Mayor Espinosa was planted.
Marcos became emotional as he defended his team, saying: “Napaka-unfair itong inaakusa sa amin. Gaya nung sinasabi na premeditated ang murder. We were not aware about the time. Alam natin na hindi conscious ang operatiba sa oras. Nagta-trabaho kami sir.”
Marcos said, the killing of Erwin's father may have prompted the younger Espinosa to make such allegations.
"Si Kerwin maaring galit sa akin, galit sa grupo ng CIDG dahil sa nangyari sa ama niya. Natural na reaksyon iyan ng isang tao," he said.