CHRISTOPHER “Bong” Go, President Rodrigo Duterte’s executive assistant, had allegedly “intervened” in the reinstatement of Supt. Marvin Marcos as head of the Region 8 Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) despite being under investigation for the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.
This was the claim of Sen. Leila de Lima when asked to comment on the recent revelation of Philipine National Police Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa that “someone” had called him to reinstate Marcos as CIDG head of Region 8.
“I know. I have my own sources. Iyung tao ni Duterte. I better do it. Anyway what more can they do to me? I have my own sources, I’m just quoting a source. Pero hindi ko ire-reveal ang source ko (kasi) kawawa naman siya. (Si) Bong Go,” De Lima said in a chance interview.
Go also serves as Presidential Management Staff (PMS) head. “I’m not inventing this because I’m just quoting a source. “Let them deny that. If they (will) deny. Hindi naman ako ang source,” said De Lima.
Asked why she was not afraid to make the accusation against Go, De Lima said: “Wala na akong takot sa mga ginagawa nila sa akin. So, I can afford to be like this but I can assure you hindi ko imbento ‘yan. I don’t do that.”
Dela Rosa sacked Marcos and several other CIDG officers pending investigation into the alleged “rubout” of Espinosa last Nov. 5.
Espinosa was killed by a team of CIDG when the former allegedly fired at the operatives while they were serving him a search order for firearm and illegal drugs in his cell at the Baybay, Leyte subprovincial jail.
“That’s an open secret among PNP officials. Na it’s Bong Go. Hindi lang si Bato ang nakakaalam n’yan. And that’s why hindi nagustuhan ng ilang mga PNP officials na na-bypass ‘yung hierarchy ng PNP nung ni-reinstate ‘yan si Marcos without clearing it with them. Even ‘yung CIDG head, I think never knew about it,” she said.
Pressed whether the President knew Go’s involvement in Marcos’ reinstatement, De Lima said: “Walang ganun. Hanggang kay Bong Go lang ‘yung sinabi ng source ko. Sinabi lang na si Bong Go ang nag pa-reinstate.”
“I really don’t know what transpired between Bong Go and Bato. It’s an open secret na in-order-an si Gen. Bato ni Bong Go na i-reinstate si Marcos,” she added.
Asked whether Go wields so much power, she said: “He’s always been powerful since Davao days. If there’s anyone who really knows Digong, it’s Bong Go. Bong Go, I think, knows a lot of secrets about the President.”
De Lima believes that in reinstating Marcos, Go, and even Dela Rosa, is liable for “abuse of authority” and conduct prejudicial to the interest of service. “Dahil diniktahan, hindi niya p’wedeng tanggihan, magkakaroon naman siya ng legitimate or valid reason to decline. Under investigation (si Marcos) eh.
“Kaya siya inalis, ni-relieve dahil may kasalanan siya, ‘di ba? Under investigation for illegal acts, purported illegal acts. But tinawagan s’ya (Bato) ng isang malakas na tao, tao ni Digong, ni-reinstate. So,may liability sila dyan, siya (Go), Gen. Dela Rosa,” she said.
“Limited ang capacity ko ngayon. Siguro kung secretary of justice ako hanggang ngayon, I can dig deeper into all of these. Hindi naman maasahan ang Secretary of Justice (Vitaliano Aguirre), kasama nga s’ya d’yan sa pag ma-manipulate. He has been guilty of perjury since he started presenting all of those perjured witnesses from (New) Bilibid (Prison). So, hindi sila maasahan to dig deeper,” she said.