Palace to ask 'Bato' to reveal identity of 'kumpare'

Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 02 2016 05:41 PM

Palace blasts 'misinformation'

MANILA – Malacañang on Friday dismissed Senator Leila de Lima's accusation that Special Assistant to the President Bong Go asked for the reinstatement of a police official who headed the controversial raid in a jail that led to the death of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.

"Anytime they can feed any misinformation in order to -- para magkagulo ang ranks ng mga nagtatrabaho sa administrasyon," Presidential Communications Office Assistant Sec. Ana Marie Banaag said.

Just the same, Banaag said the Palace would ask Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa to reveal the identity of the person who supposedly asked him the favor.

"I guess so… yes," she said, when asked whether the Palace will seek clarification from the police chief.

Banaag said that from what the Palace has gathered, Marcos was not reinstated and is currently under "restrictive custody."

De Lima yesterday claimed that Go, considered as President Rodrigo Duterte’s most trusted aide, is the "higher official" and “kumpare” who ordered the reinstatement of Superintendent Marvin Marcos as head of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Region 8.

De Lima said she has a police source who tipped her off on who ordered Marcos' reinstatement. She said it is widely known in the PNP that Go asked for the reinstatement of Marcos.

Go has since denied the allegation and said he does not intervene in PNP affairs.