A FORMER police general-turned House leader insisted yesterday that the reinstatement of controversial police official Supt. Marvin Marcos and 18 other policemen involved in the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. will create a bigger “monster” in the process of eliminating the “monster” problem on illegal drugs through the uncontrolled left and right extrajudicial killings in the country.
“We would be establishing a precedent na puwede nating pagsisihan later on,” Antipolo City Rep. Romeo Acop, who chairs the House committee on public order and safety, told Rowena Salvacion’s Buena Manong Balita radio morning program over dzBB Sunday.
Marcos, the suspended Philippine National Police (PNP)-Eastern Visayas Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG-Region 8) Director, was reassigned as the new regional chief of the PNP-CIDG in South Cotabato, Sarangani and General Santos City (Socsargen).
Acop expressed fears that the PNP, which is being accused of being behind EJKs, could no longer be controlled in terms of supposed summary executions especially if the next government would not follow the bloody war of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte.
“We will have a PNP na iba na ang direksiyon,” said Acop, a former police comptroller during the time of then PNP chief Director General Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, lamenting that even killings that are not drug-related are now happening.
“Iyun ang inaalala ko and that is the basis of my statement that in trying to kill a monster, we might be creating a bigger monster,” said Acop.
“There had been allegations na sila (police) ang responsible sa summary killings. This may or may not be true. But assuming that it is true, napakahirap nang ibalik sa linya ulit itong Philippine National Police,” Acop explained.
But Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, who chairs the House committee on appropriations, said President Duterte’s decision to reinstate Marcos to the police force is yet another sign that the Chief Executive is bent on using the full powers of the presidency to win the war against illegal drugs.
“President Duterte has been very vocal about his hardline position against illegal drugs and he even declared that he would take the cudgels up for members of law enforcement who risk life, limb and career in their efforts to bring down powerful drug lords,” Nograles noted.
Nograles said the President should be given the benefit of the doubt as he has access to classified information and intelligence reports more than anybody else.
“The President is also correct in reminding us that everyone should be proven guilty first and not presumed guilty until proven innocent. As a lawyer and former prosecutor, he knows what he is talking about,” said Nograles.
Acop said he is now getting the pulse of his colleagues who are members of the House committee on public order and safety if they want to conduct a motu proprio investigation into the reinstatement of Marcos in the absence of a formal resolution calling for the probe.