The return of Supt. Marvin Marcos and his men to service sends a bad signal to the public that anyone can get away with any wrongdoing, including murder, as long as they have close ties with high officials of the country, according to Sen. Bam Aquino.
"What signal does this send? Kapag gumawa ka ng mali, as long as okay ka sa taas, ibabalik ka sa puwesto. That's the signal being sent to the public," said Sen. Bam during the hearing of the Committee on Public Order and Illegal Drugs on the downgrading of the murder case against Marcos and his men and their subsequent return to service.
According to Sen. Bam, the downgrading of the case against Marcos and company by Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Reynante Orceo came as a shock.
"The NBI report, the PNP-IAS report, the Senate report, the analysis of the medico-legal, and the original DOJ Panel Report - all point to murder. Bakit binaba to homicide? Bakit may reinstatement?" Sen. Bam asked DOJ Usec. Orceo and PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa.
For their part, the NBI represented by Director Dante Gierran and the DOJ panel of prosecutors represented by Sr. Asst. State Prosecutor Lilian Doris Alejo, reaffirmed their conclusions in their reports, that the Espinosa slay was clearly premeditated and that murder charges should be filed against suspected members of the PNP.
"We were shocked on the news of the downgrade, pero mas shocking iyong reinstatement," added the senator, who also questioned the PNP chief on why he did not put Marcos and other police personnel involved on floating status or in the office instead of bringing them back to the field.
"Thanks to the downgrade to homicide, these murder suspects are out on bail and are back on the field. Why are we risking the credibility of the police force for these individuals?" questioned Sen. Bam.
Source: Senate of the Philippines