President Rodrigo Duterte admitted this Friday, December 2, that he was the one who ordered the reinstatement of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Region 8 (CIDG-8) head, Supt. Marvin Marcos. This comes a day after Senator Leila de Lima accused Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go of being the one who requested it.
“Bong Go. Let them deny that. If they deny, okay. Hindi naman ako ang source (I’m not the source) I’m just quoting the source,…That;s an open secret among PNP (Philippine National Police) officials.” Sen. de Lima told reporters this Thursday, when she was asked if she knew who was the “higher official” that ordered the reinstatement of Supt. Marcos.
“Hindi nagustuhan ng ibang officials na biny-pass yung hierarchy ng PNP nung ni-reinstate si Marcos without clearing with them, even the CIDG head I think never knew about it.” The Liberal Party (LP) neophyte senator added, emphasizing that PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa should claim responsibility for it. Later, Go denied her accusations.
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“The allegations are pure hearsay and unsubstantiated. I cannot recall having met former CIDG Region 8 Head Supt Marcos and I dont know him personally. I did not ask General Bato to reinstate him. I also do not interfere with the affairs and functions of the PNP,” Bong Go said, denying that he was the ‘kumpare’ from Malacañang who called Gen. Bato.
Last Tuesday, Gen. Bato.dela Rosa admitted that a higher official called him and ordered him to reinstate Supt. Marcos. He said that he ordered Marcos to be relieved after Kerwin Espinosa accused him as one of the cops who received drug money from him. Marcos led the raid which led to the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa inside his cell.
In his speech during the graduation of the PNP-Highway Patrol Group’s motorcycle riders this Friday, President Duterte gave a hint as who ordered Supt.Marcos to be reinstated. In a phone interview with CNN Philippines’ Senior Correspondent Ina Andolong that evening, the president admitted giving the orders, and not Bong Go as De Lima earlier mentioned.
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Transcript of phone interview phone interview with CNN Philippines’ Senior Correspondent Ina Andolong with President Duterte; Credit: CNN Philippines/PTV Facebook page
As of posting, Sen. De Lima has not yet commented on President Duterte’s admission. Nevertheless, it appears that her source is not reliable. But more importantly, many netizens, especially Duterte supporters are now asking, “Who is Sen. De Lima’s source? Does she have a spy from the Duterte administration? Is LP helping her secretly?”