CIDG team ar­raign­ment re­set to April 26

Manila Bulletin - - Visayas News - By NESTOR L. ABREMATEA

BAYBAY CITY, Leyte – The ar­raign­ment of for­mer Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group (CIDG) re­gional chief for Eastern Visayas Marvin M. Mar­cos and his group who are fac­ing mur­der charges for the killing of Al­buera, Leyte, Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. and jail in­mate Raul Yap in­side the Leyte SubProvin­cial Jail last year has been re­set to April 26.

Re­gional Trial Court Branch 14 Judge Car­los O. Ar­guelles al­lowed Mar­cos and his co-ac­cused to file sup­ple­men­tal and amended mo­tions to de­fer pro­ceed­ings on the charges filed against them by the De­part­ment of Jus­tice (DOJ).

Act­ing Po­lice Re­gional Di­rec­tor Chief Supt. Elmer C. Bel­te­jar said the de­tained CIDG and Mar­itime po­lice­men were trans­ferred from Ta­cloban City to this city for their ar­raign­ment last Wed­nes­day.

Bel­te­jar said the group was re­turned to the CIDG de­ten­tion cen­ter in Ta­cloban fol­low­ing the post­pone­ment.

Charged with Mar­cos are Su­per­in­ten­dent Noel Matira; Chief In­spec­tor Leo Laraga; Se­nior In­spec­tors Deogra­cia Diaz and Fritz Blanco; Se­nior Po­lice Of­fi­cers Melvin Cay­obit, Eric Con­stantino, Ben­jamin Da­cal­los, Juanito Duarte and Al­phi­nor Ser­rano Jr., of­fi­cers Johnny Ibanez, Nor­man Abel­lanosa, Niel Centino, Bernard Or­pilla, Lloyd Or­tiguesa, Jer­lan Cabiyaan, Cristal Gisma and Di­vine Grace Son­galia, all from the CIDG, and Chief In­spec­tor Cal­ixto Canil­las Jr., In­spec­tor Lu­cre­sito Can­de­losas, and po­lice of­fi­cers An­to­nio Docil, Mark Cadilo, John Ruel Dac­u­lan, and Jaime Bac­sal of the Po­lice Re­gional Mar­itime Unit.

Mar­cos and his team went to the sub-pro­vin­cial jail on Novem­ber 5, 2016 with a war­rant to search the cell of Espinosa for il­le­gal drugs and guns.

In his tes­ti­mony, Mar­cos said Espinosa shot at his team, trig­ger­ing a gun­fight in which the mayor and Yap were killed.

The in­ci­dent was widely crit­i­cized amid spec­u­la­tions that Espinosa was a vic­tim of a rubout. Sen­a­tor Pan­filo Lac­son, who led a Se­nate hear­ing, said he strongly be­lieves the mayor was mur­dered.

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