Pres. Duterte admits called PNP Chief Bato to reinstate Marcos


President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday admitted it was he who spoke to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald Dela Rosa to reinstate Supt. Marvin Marcos as head of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Region 8.

Marcos was the leader of the police team that killed Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. in a jail raid.

In an ambush interview on Friday night, Duterte was asked by CNN Philippines' Ina Andolong on his role in having Marcos reinstated as CIDG regional chief: "Did you order the reinstatement of Marcos?"

"Ganito ’yan, si Bong inorderan ko, call. By the time pinasa niya, ang sumagot si dela Rosa. Sabi ko, do not remove the guy because kasali yan sa… I am doing an investigative job," Duterte said.

[It's like this. I asked Bong (Go) to call. By the time he gave me the phone, it was (Ronald) dela Rosa who answered. I told him not to remove the guy because he is included in an investigative job.]

"Natapos na yun, si Dolina was cleared. Marcos, positive. Kasi I was keeping track of his movements. Alisin mo ako doon, mawala bigla ang… Mawala lahat. Hindi ko masundan," he added.

[After the probe, (P/Chief Supt. Asher) Dolina was cleared, but Marcos turned out to be positive. I was keeping track of his movements. If he gets removed, I will not be able to follow his whereabouts.]

However, despite turning out positive, Duterte said that he will still give Marcos the opportunity to be heard.

"Ano na ngayon gagawin kay Marcos now that you’re saying positive siya?" Duterte was asked.

(What will happen to Marcos now that you're saying he is positive?)

To which the president replied: "He has to face the charges. But ngayon, pwede nang… Let him maintain the right to be heard."

Dela Rosa on Tuesday revealed that he received a call from a "higher official," ordering the reinstatement of Marcos. - Source: Abs-Cbn
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