SENATOR Leila de Lima believes that President Duterte was left no other choice but to admit that it was him who ordered the reinstatement of Supt. Marvin Marcos, regional director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region 8.
De Lima said the President’s admission brought more questions than answers and should be the subject of a Senate inquiry.
“Just as I thought. Since, per my source, it’s Bong Go who called PNP Chief (Dir. Gen. Ronald) Bato (dela Rosa), then it must be the President who, directly or indirectly through Bong Go, gave such an order to reinstate Marcos. I guess the President had no choice but to own it up instead of letting Bong Go, his closest aide, trusted confidant, and all around go-to guy, to be the fall guy in this incident,” said De Lima in a statement. Go is the special assistant to the president.
The lady senator also asked if it is the President who is actually the drug lord protector and not her citing the Peter Lim incident.
“After the Peter Lim episode, where a supposed drug lord kumpadre of the President is allowed to leave the country, we must start asking ourselves this question: whether or not the President, rather than De Lima, is actually the number one drug lord protector and coddler in the country,” she said.
De Lima, the staunch critic of the President, added that there is a deeper and more sinister reason for the admission of Duterte.
“We have had enough of these runaround explanations from Malacanang, and I’m sure there’s a deeper and, possibly, a more sinister reason for the President’s action. Otherwise, why would Gen. Bato go through this charade of pointing to a ‘kumpadre’ instead of just admitting from the start that the President himself ordered the reinstatement?” she asked.
Marcos was relieved for the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa but was reinstated by Dela Rosa after getting a call from a “kumpare,” whom he described as a higher authority, asking him to reinstate the controversial police officer.
“Let us once again start asking questions, for the truth to come out, and to put an end to Malacañang’s factory of lies and Orwellian doublespeak,” De Lima said.