“WHAT protocol? I do not have to explain.”
President Rodrigo Duterte made this remark as he slammed critics of his order to Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to reinstate Supt. Marvin Marcos as the head of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in the Eastern Visayas even after suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa linked him to the narcotics trade.
“My purpose? Huwag ka nang magtanong. Protocol? We are government employees. What do you mean by protocol? I ordered the transfer or retention, you ask me about protocol?” Duterte said.
“There is no such thing as protocol. When there is absolute supervision and control, I can modify, and mend, revoke any order in this Executive Department,” he added.
“As the head of government and as the Chief Executive, the police is under me. So the PNP chief is under my supervision and control,” Duterte said in his speech at the lighting of the Malacañang Christmas tree Monday evening.
“I do not have to explain to you, the whole Republic of the Philippines and the critics, why I made the order for him (Dela Rosa) just to sit down and do not remove him (Marcos),” he added.
Duterte said that he told Dela Rosa to hold his order to remove Marcos as the CIDG Region 8’s chief because he wanted to further check the allegations against the officer.
Earlier, Duterte bared Marcos was really linked to drugs.
Marcos was eventually removed from his post after figuring in the alleged shootout that killed Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa inside a sub-provinicial jail.
“Eh ngayon, ang lumalabas, well, ako ang number one tuloy. They are questioning my motive. I knew before—they are now assuming that maybe I knew about the operation. Then now ang bago nila, ako ang nag-utos sa loob. Whatever the reason be, that’s my discretion,” the President said.
Duterte also blasted his critics who described Espinosa’s death as an extrajudicial killing, stressing he believed the police’s version of a shootout.
“Gusto ko mag-prangka sa inyo. Iyong mayor na who was served a warrant and there was a shootout. Some say extrajudicial killing. Talagang pinatay daw. Look, may mga criticisms sa akin, I accept it,” Duterte said.
“That’s part of the territory of being a President. But do not force me, criticize me to force me to believe iyong mga theory at mga assumption na even with the witnesses na pinatay iyong mayor sa loob ng prisuhan,” he added.
“Sabi ng police, pag-serve nila ng warrant, lumaban at binaril nila. Tama. And I believe you because the police is under the Executive branch of the government. Akin,” Duterte said.
He also reminded the police of his standing order to hunt criminals, arrest them if possible, and kill them if they resist and endanger officers’ lives.
“Just obey iyong order ko na look for them and hunt for them. Sundin lang ninyo and ako ang lahat mananagot. I will answer for it personally. Walang washing of hands. Akin iyon,” Duterte said.