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Now that cops in Espinosa slay have been arrested, here’s what Ping says public should watch for

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It’s not yet case closed for Senator Panfilo Lacson as far as the cops allegedly involved in the killing of Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa is concerned even if they have already been arrested.

Lacson, a former chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said the public should watch for what the cops’ superiors would do next.

“What bears watching is kung ano ang magiging recommendation ng (Philippine National Police) IAS (Internal Affairs Service) sa administrative aspect ng kaso at kung ano ang magiging action ni CPNP (Chief PNP Ronald) Dela Rosa,” he told reporters Tuesday (March 21) in a text message.

The senator, who led the Senate probe on Espinosa’s death, said he was no longer surprised to learn of the arrest order on Supt. Marcos, chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) who led the team that served the arrest warrant on Espinosa at the Baybay sub-provincial jail, and 18 of his men.

The operation, however, ended in the death of Espinosa and another inmate, Raul Yap. The police claimed there was a shootout but the National Bureau of Investigation has declared the former mayor’s death as a rubout.

“The crime was so brazen and carelessly planned and executed that no matter how many agencies conducted the investigation, there couldn’t have been a different result or conclusion,” Lacson said.

The senator said the arrest of Marcos and 18 members of the CIDG indicates Duterte did not protect them.

“Walang kaduda-duda na ganun na nga,” he said.

The senator pointed out that the same pieces of evidence were presented in the Senate and the Department of Justice (DOJ), “so it’s not surprising at all that we should share the same findings.”

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs chaired by Lacson, in its panel report, concluded that Espinosa’s slay was premeditated and with abuse of authority on the part of the police operatives.