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Duterte afraid Marcos will rat him out over involvement in Espinosa murder -Trillanes

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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV believes that President Duterte is being “held by the neck” by Supt. Marvin Marcos since the latter apparently knows a lot about the murder of former Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa in November 2016.

Trillanes, a critic of the President, on Thursday strongly rejected Mr. Duterte’s order to reinstate Marcos, whom was designated chief of CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) Region 12 covering the provinces of Cotabato, Sarangani, South Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat.

“Duterte not only set the murderers free, he now gave back their badges and guns so they could murder again with impunity,” Trillanes said on Thursday.

“Why? Because Duterte fears that these policemen might rat out on him for what they know about his involvement in the Espinosa murder,” he stressed.

He noted that it was divulged during the Senate investigation into Espinosa’s killing that right after the former Davao City mayor assumed the presidency in June 2016, Mr. Duterte had Marcos and company reassigned to CIDG (Criminal Investigation Detection Group) Region 8.

“But when Gen. Dela Rosa relieved them for being implicated by Espinosa in the illegal drug trade and, at the same time, not having the required schooling to be assigned at CIDG, it was Duterte himself who ordered Dela Rosa for their immediate reinstatement,” Trillanes said.

“Then just a few weeks after, Espinosa ended up getting murdered by Marcos’ group,” the former Navy chief said.

Marcos and his men claimed that Espinosa fired at them while serving him a search warrant in his cell at the Albuera subprovincial jail for firearm and illegal drugs.