Supt. Mar­cos sasabak la­ban sa ISIS al­lies

Tempo - - Front Page - (Aaron B. Recuenco)

Con­tro­ver­sial Supt. Marvin Mar­cos and some of his men will be tasked to run af­ter the lo­cal al­lies of the Is­lamic State of Iraq and Syria in Cen­tral Min­danao or Re­gion 12 where they are as­signed.

Chief Supt. Dionardo Car­los, spokesper­son of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice, said Mar­cos’ new task comes with his des­ig­na­tion as head of the Cen­tral Min­danao Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group.

“Di­rec­tor (Roel) Obu­san specif­i­cally said that their func­tion is on BIFF-ISIS ar­eas. It is where their work would fo­cus,” said Car­los.

Obu­san is the head of the CIDG. The Bangsamoro Is­lamic Free­dom Fight­ers is a break­away fac­tion of the Moro Is­lamic Lib­er­a­tion Front which is now be­ing ac­cused of col­lud­ing with the ISIS-backed Maute Group.

Mar­cos’ re­turn to duty was met with crit­i­cisms by al­lies of Pres­i­dent Duterte who wanted him re­in­stated.

The for­mer PNP-CIDG Re­gion 8 head and 18 other po­lice­men were ac­cused of killing Al­buera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa in­side the Leyte sub-pro­vin­cial jail in Bay­bay City last year.

PNP chief Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Ron­ald M. dela Rosa de­fended the de­ci­sion to put Mar­cos and his men back on ac­tive duty sta­tus, say­ing they all un­der­went due process.

But de­spite their re­turn to ac­tive duty, Car­los said they are not yet off the hook as the crim­i­nal cases lev­eled against them will still push through. The Depart­ment of Jus­tice had ear­lier down­graded the mur­der case filed against Mar­cos and his men to homi­cide.

Mar­cos and his men have filed a mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion on the penal­ties slapped on them in con­nec­tion with the Espinosa killing.

Based on the ap­proved rec­om­men­da­tion of the IAS, Mar­cos was meted with four-month sus­pen­sion while most of his men were pun­ished with one rank de­mo­tion.

“The mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion is yet to be de­cided,” said Car­los.

The mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion was filed be­fore the PNP Direc­torate for Per­son­nel Records and Man­age­ment. The de­ci­sion is ex­pected to be out next week.

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