WATCH: Bato admits Marcos reinstated same day of administrative relief

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Posted at Dec 05 2016 11:41 AM

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Philippine National Police Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa on Monday admitted that Supt. Marvin Marcos was reinstated as Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-8 chief the same day of his administrative relief, two weeks before the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Ronald Espinosa Sr.

Dela Rosa said reinstating Marcos on the day of his administrative relief was unusual but he accepted it because the order came from President Rodrigo Duterte.

"Ok lang, your honor. It's coming from the Chief Executive," he said in a Senate hearing.

"Hindi po pangkaraniwan, your honor. Actually, your honor, to be frank, nagtataka ako, your honor, but who am I to question the wisdom of the President? Meron siyang rason, your honor, which he explained later," he said.

Dela Rosa said he ordered the administrative relief of Marcos last October 15 because he wanted to investigate Marcos amid reports that he was receiving drug payola. Duterte's order, however, allowed Marcos to walk free.

Two weeks later, Marcos led a team in the November 5 predawn raid of Baybay sub-provincial jail in Leyte, which led to the killing of Mayor Espinosa.

Kerwin Espinosa, son of the slain mayor, earlier said he gave P3 million to Marcos for the campaign war chest of Marcos's wife who was a vice mayoral bet in Pastrana town.