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DRILON URGES A 'COLLECTIVE STAND': THE SENATE SHOULD ACT AS AN INSTITUTION ON THE DE LIMA CASE
(“Each House can summon and give, issue a show-cause order on a member. Is that right? Isn’t that something you must resolve as an institution?” he said.)
[RELATED ANALYSIS: Drilon defends De Lima]

[RELATED(2):
FVR tells House enough of Leila; Aguirre ready to file raps vs De Lima]
[RELATED(3): House to file raps vs De Lima as Senate resumes probe]


DECEMBER 1 -Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO The Senate was urged on Tuesday to take a collective stand against a move to hold Sen. Leila de Lima in contempt for advising her former bodyguard and lover to ignore a House of Representatives hearing on illegal drug trafficking at New Bilibid Prison (NBP) when she was justice secretary. House leaders served the show-cause order on De Lima to explain in 72 hours why she had “unduly” interfered in the hearing of their justice committee. Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon said the Senate should act as an institution on the De Lima case, pointing out this had implications on interparliamentary affairs. READ MORE...RELATED, ANALYSIS Drilon defends De Lima...RELATED(2) FVR tells House enough of Leila; let’s get on with making laws’; Aguirre ready to file raps vs De Lima...RELATED(3) House to file raps vs De5 as Senate resumes probe...

ALSO: No formal letter of resignation from Robredo yet - Abella
[ALSO REMEMBER THIS? (FLASHBACK) EDITORIAL: Yes or No to Robredo as a Duterte Cabinet member?]


DECEMBER 5 -Andanar cites 'irreconcilable differences' between Robredo, Duterte
MANILA - (UPDATED) Malacañang has yet to receive a formal letter of resignation from Vice President Leni Robredo, who is set to vacate her post as Housing secretary on Monday, a palace official said Sunday. In a statement on Sunday, Robredo said she will vacate her position as secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), noting "major differences in principles and values" with President Rodrigo Duterte. READ: Robredo resigns as Housing secretary Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said prior to Robredo’s announcement of resignation, they have not received any formal letter from her. Abella has also yet to confirm the Vice President’s claims that Duterte prevented her from attending Cabinet meetings. “Differences in opinion does not prevent somebody from attending a Cabinet meeting,” Abella said in a phone interview on dzMM. READ MORE...REMEMBER THIS EDITORIAL FROM THE MANILA TIMES? (FLASHBACK) EDITORIAL Yes or no to Robredo as a Duterte Cabinet member?...

ALSO: Political party fight looms - Leni resigns as Housing chief, vows to protect vice presidency
(Robredo revealed that her camp has been warned of a plot to steal her vice presidency. She admitted that from the start she and the president had major differences in principles and values.)

[RELATED: Leni leaves Cabinet; Palace: Order did not mean she was fired from the Cabinet].


DECEMBER 5 -Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary Maria Leonor V. Robredo, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr., Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr., and Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II, attend the Cabinet Orientation Workshop at the Premier Guest House in Malacañan Palace on July 11, Monday. PPD/Robinson Niñal, File
Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday announced that she will resign from President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet on Monday, December 5. Robredo, the current Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) secretary, said that she received a text last Saturday from Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco, Jr., relaying the president’s instruction through Bong Go for her “to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings starting this Monday, December 5.” She said Duterte’s directive prompted her to resign. “This is the last straw, because it makes it impossible for me to perform my duties. Hence, I am tendering my resignation from the Cabinet on Monday, December 5, 2016,” Robredo said in a statement. READ MORE...RELATED, Leni leaves Cabinet; Malacañang said the order did not mean she had been fired from the Cabinet....

ALSO: Leni fired? - Robredo was asked 'to desist' from attending Cabinet meetings; Leni quits post
[ALSO: LP President Sen. Pangilinan voices support for Robredo, warns of pro-Marcos moves]


DECEMBER 5 -GRAVE MATTERS, COMIC FLAIR To lighten up the five-hour National Security Council meeting on Wednesday, President Duterte used his famous comic flair, at one time spicing up the serious discussion with a reference to “the beautiful Vice President,” Leni Robredo, seated beside him. OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
President Rodrigo Duterte over the weekend gave instructions for Vice President Robredo to “desist” from attending Cabinet meetings — pushing her to resign from the Cabinet effective Dec. 5. Robredo hinted that “the events of recent days” indicate that “a plot to steal the Vice Presidency… is now being set into motion.” In a statement on Sunday, Robredo said Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco, Jr., related Duterte’s instruction through his executive assistant Bong Go for her to “desist from attending all Cabinet meetings starting this Monday, December 5.” READ MORE...RELATED, Sen. Pangilinan voices support for Robredo, warns of pro-Marcos moves...

ALSO: De Lima says Bong Go ordered reinstatement of CIDG chief
[RELATED: Palace to Bato - Who is kumpare?]
[RELATED(2): Bato to De Lima - name source who claimed Go was ‘kumpare’]


DECEMBER 2 -Sen. Leila De Lima said Presidential Management Staff Christopher Bong Go is the “higher official” who called Philippine National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa to reinstate the chief of the Crime Investigation and Detection Group Region 8. Go has denied the allegation. File photo
Sen. Leila De Lima on Thursday pointed at Presidential Management Staff head Christopher "Bong" Go as the “higher official” who called Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa to reinstate the chief of the Crime Investigation and Detection Group Region 8. Citing her “own sources” De Lima said Go, also the top aide of President Rodrigo Duterte, asked Dela Rosa to reinstate Superintendent Marvin Marcos, the regional CIDG director involved in the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. She insisted she did not invent the information as it was from a reliable source. De Lima said the supposed order was already an “open secret” among PNP officials. She added that Go is a powerful official as he has long been an assistant to Duterte even when he was mayor of Davao City. READ MORE...RELATED, Palace to Bato: Who is kumpare?...RELATED(2), Bato to De Lima - name source who claimed Go was ‘kumpare’ ALSO, Palace to Bato - Name ‘kumpare’]

ALSO: It was I who ordered De la Rosa (reinstatement of CIDG chief)
[RELATED: Duterte has ’more sinister’ reason for reinstating cop—De Lima]
[RELATED(2): Where’s change?: Lacson hits Duterte admin’s ‘double standard’]
[RELATED(3): Mystery on Bato’s caller persists despite Rody’s admission]


DECEMBER 3 -‘OPEN SECRET’: Sen. Leila de Lima says it’s an open secret among PNP officials that President Duterte’s special assistant, Bong Go (left), intervened for the reinstatement of a police official involved in a raid that resulted in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. Photo from MALACAÑANG
President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday night admitted that it was he who ordered Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to reinstate a police official whom the Philippine National Police chief had sacked for involvement in illegal drugs. In a talk with reporters in Davao City, Mr. Duterte said he directed his special assistant Christopher “Bong” Go to call Dela Rosa for him. When he got Dela Rosa on the line, he told the PNP chief not to remove Supt. Marvin Marcos because the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director was being watched. “I told him, ‘Don’t remove the guy because he is involved … I am doing an investigative job,” Mr. Duterte said. He said Marcos’ record was tainted. He cleared Chief Supt. Asher Dolina, who was police director for Eastern Visayas in 2015, of allegations he received protection money from confessed narcotics kingpin Kerwin Espinosa.  “I learned that Dolina was clean. But Marcos was tainted,” Mr. Duterte said.  Dela Rosa sacked Marcos after Espinosa identified him during a Senate inquiry last month as one of the police officials in Eastern Visayas whom he paid for protection. READ MORE...RELATED,
Duterte has ’more sinister’ reason for reinstating cop—De Lima... RELATED(2) Where’s change?: Lacson hits Duterte admin’s ‘double standard’... RELATED(3),Mystery on Bato’s caller persists despite Rody’s admission...

ALSO: Duterte defends order to Bato not to remove CIDG Supt. Marcos
[RELATED: Marcos, CIDG team still under suspension]


DECEMBER 4 -President Rodrigo Duterte and PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO)
President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday defended his order to PNP chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa not to remove Supt. Marvin Marcos, the police official allegedly involved in the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.
READ: Duterte admits: I asked for reinstatement of CIDG-8 chief Duterte said he was only doing an investigative job on Marcos. “I am doing an investigative job. Natapos na yun, si Dolina was cleared. Marcos, positive. Kasi I was keeping track of his movements,” he said in an ambush interview in Davao City. Chief Supt. Asher Dolina was the police director of Eastern Visayas in 2015 implicated by self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa who had received drug money. The President admitted that he ordered his special assistant Christopher “Bong” Go to call PNP chief dela Rosa regarding Marcos. But the President said it was him who talked to dela Rosa. READ MORE...RELATED Marcos, CIDG team still under suspension...


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Senate unity urged to fight De Lima rap


Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, DECEMBER 5, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Christine O. Avendaño, Tarra Quismundo, Vince F. Nonato - @inquirerdotnet November 30, 2016 - The Senate was urged on Tuesday to take a collective stand against a move to hold Sen. Leila de Lima in contempt for advising her former bodyguard and lover to ignore a House of Representatives hearing on illegal drug trafficking at New Bilibid Prison (NBP) when she was justice secretary.

House leaders served the show-cause order on De Lima to explain in 72 hours why she had “unduly” interfered in the hearing of their justice committee.

Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon said the Senate should act as an institution on the De Lima case, pointing out this had implications on interparliamentary affairs.

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“The institution should tackle it, should respond to it,” said Drilon, a member of the Liberal Party, like De Lima.

“Each House can summon and give, issue a show-cause order on a member. Is that right? Isn’t that something you must resolve as an institution?” he said.

De Lima defiant

Speaking to reporters, De Lima said she had not yet received any show-cause order, but if she did, she would ignore it and refer it instead to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III.

“I am willing to live with the consequences of this act of defiance on my part,” De Lima said.

She said she would “act accordingly” if the Senate ethics committee would take up instead the complaints against her.

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and the committee on justice chair, Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, on Tuesday served the show-cause order on De Lima, through the Office of the Senate Secretary.

The House panel issued the order last week at the resumption of proceedings on the alleged drug trade at NBP, where De Lima’s former driver and lover Ronnie Dayan, who had vanished for months, appeared for the first time.

The House committee heard testimony that De Lima, through a text message to Dayan’s daughter, told her ex-lover not to appear at the House inquiry, where she was accused of receiving drug money for her senatorial campaign. De Lima said it was an “advice” and that she stood by it.

Ethics complaint

The House is also expected to file an ethics complaint against De Lima in the Senate.

De Lima has repeatedly denied the drug allegations, saying it was part of efforts to pillory her for her fierce stance against President Duterte’s bloody war on drugs.

Drilon, along with other Liberal Party Senators Francis Pangilinan and Bam Aquino, has criticized as “unparliamentary” the conduct of last week’s hearing in the House, blasting the “disrespectful and condescending line of questioning” that delved into details of De Lima’s relationship with Dayan.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Tuesday dismissed a report attributed to Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III that the House had decided not to issue an arrest warrant against De Lima.

“There’s nothing like that,” Alvarez said, adding the move would depend on the recommendation of the justice committee.

When asked what the House would do if De Lima insisted the House had no jurisdiction over her, he said: “We’ll see in 72 hours.”

All’s well

Fariñas and Umali handed the show-cause order to Senate Secretary Lutgardo Barbo. Fariñas and Umali were at the Senate on Tuesday for the bicameral committee meeting to reconcile differences in the proposed 2017 national budget.

Barbo said he would forward the order to Pimentel and Sotto, who chairs the Senate ethics committee.

Sotto and Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Senate and House leaders agreed at a meeting on Monday night that the House panel should file its complaint against De Lima in the Senate ethics committee to avert a crisis.

“So all’s well that ends well, so that it will be the Senate which would impose any disciplinary action if the evidence is strong,” Lacson said in a radio interview on Tuesday.

Sotto also said he had scheduled for next Tuesday a hearing of the ethics committee to tackle complaints against De Lima regarding her advice to Dayan to skip the House inquiry.

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RELATED FROM THE MANILA STANDARD BY JOJO ROBLES

Drilon defends De Lima posted December 01, 2016 at 12:01 am by Jojo Robles


JOJO ROBLES

It’s not ever going to happen, I know. But if she knows what’s really good for her, I think Senator Leila de Lima should consult Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo about having Senator Franklin Drilon as her defender.

Drilon, I think, is up to his old dirty tricks. The man primarily responsible for making the Senate a satellite office of Malacañan Palace during the Noynoy Aquino years is once again attempting to use the chamber as a weapon, this time against the House of Representatives, in his bid to defend fellow Yellowist Senator De Lima.

'SHOW CAUSE'

Drilon is the foremost proponent of the argument that the House cannot force De Lima to comply with the “show cause” order issued by its committee on justice because doing so would damage the institution that is the Senate. Drilon wants to shield De Lima from charges of obstruction of justice arising from the revelation of her former driver-lover, Ronnie Dayan, that she advised him to go into hiding instead of appearing before the panel in connection with its investigation of the proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prison.

That De Lima advised Dayan to go on the lam is no longer in question. De Lima herself admitted sending the text message to Dayan’s daughter, after the latter asked her what to do after the House issued a subpoena on the senator’s paramour.

On the face of it, De Lima appears to have violated the laws on complying with valid summonses like the one issued by the House committee on Dayan.

But she has declared that she will not reply to the show cause order because the House has no jurisdiction over her.

CLASH IN CHAMBERS

What Drilon wants is to turn the investigation of the Lower House into a clash between the two chambers. This is certainly not what the lawmakers in the bigger House want—they only want De Lima, without even a serving of Frank on the side.

This is the same Drilon, apparently, who did not lift a finger to protect the institution that is the Senate when three of its members were charged (by De Lima, as secretary of justice) and eventually thrown into jail for pocketing their pork barrel funds. It’s either the same Drilon, or someone unfortunate enough to have cloned his ample physique.

I wonder if Drilon consulted his fellow senators when he implied that the Senate was all set to go to war with the House over De Lima. And I wonder, most of all, if Drilon will stand by De Lima if and when she is arrested in connection with the various charges she is facing, of which obstruction of justice is probably the least serious; I don’t think so.

Anyone who has ever crossed paths with His Bigness Frank will have to reply in the negative.

With Drilon as her advocate, De Lima might as well plead guilty and seek clemency from the courts for being contrite and refusing to contest any and all allegations made against her.

Anyone who doubts that Drilon is a duplicitous, double-dealing dirtbag should ask him what he was doing in the morning of the day that he joined the Hyatt 10, that group of Cabinet members who quit en masse in a bid to force the resignation of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The members of Arroyo’s inner circle of advisers still recall that Senate President Drilon was closeted with them in Malacañan Palace, dreaming up strategies to counter-act the efforts of the Arroyo-resign movements that sprang up in the wake of the “Hello, Garci” scandal.

In the morning, Drilon was helping devise schemes to help Arroyo survive the protest actions as a trusted adviser of the president and head of the Senate; by the afternoon, he was already at the press conference calling for Arroyo’s resignation. That’s just how Drilon rolls.

★★★★★

It will not surprise me at all if Drilon is still trying to ingratiate himself to President Rodrigo Duterte in a desperate bid to avoid being linked to his second cousin, controversial Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog. The Iloilo drug dealer Melvin Odicta, who has been identified as an associate and friend of Mabilog, and his wife may have been assassinated, but the stink raised by Duterte when he declared that Iloilo was the most “shabulized” city in the country continues to hang like a fog over Drilon, as well.

Anyone of any political importance in Iloilo, after all, will admit that Drilon is the acknowledged kingpin of both the city and the eponymous province where it is located. Luckily for Drilon and Mabilog, Odicta and his wife were shot dead at the wharf in Iloilo shortly after they went to Manila, supposedly to tell all about their running a drug ring in Drilon’s backyard with the help of the senator’s cousin.

If the Odictas had survived the attack, I’m sure they would provide testimony that would have made Kerwin Espinosa look like a small-time pusher. But Drilon’s streak of unbelievable political luck seems destined to continue unbroken, a streak which began since his days as a lawyer for Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies in the old ACCRA law firm.

Drilon defending De Lima is like Antonio Trillanes getting appointed as “back-channel negotiator” with the Chinese. Oh wait, that didn’t turn out so well, either, right?

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RELATED(2) FROM THE INQUIRER

‘Enough of Leila; let’s get on with making laws’ By: Tarra Quismundo - Reporter / @TarraINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:32 AM December 01, 2016


Former President Fidel V. Ramos INQUIRER.net photo

Former President Fidel Ramos hopes to see the end to the controversy surrounding Sen. Leila de Lima, her alleged drug involvement and her past romance.

“I hope we finish that subject,” said Ramos when asked about the matter at the Meet the Inquirer Multimedia on Tuesday.

He expressed the hope that the House of Representatives, which undertook an investigation into De Lima’s alleged role in the drug trade at the national penitentiary, could focus on the task of legislation.

“Let us go on with it, because the task of Congress is in aid of legislation,” Ramos said.

“So what is the legislation that must be enacted? Let us have a more strict prison system,” he said.

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Prison reforms

Ramos said the Department of Justice, which oversees the correctional system, and members of Congress must already draft a bill toward prison reforms.

However, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has not had enough of De Lima. He is backing the move of the House of Representatives to pursue its plan to charge his predecessor with obstruction of justice for stopping her former driver and lover, Ronnie Dayan, from attending the congressional probe on illegal drugs.

Aguirre said House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and Justice Committee chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali did the right thing in issuing last Tuesday a show cause order against De Lima not as a senator but as a private citizen in order to avoid a confrontation with the Senate.

Show cause order

“I think it is proper. That should be done because it was done by De Lima in her private capacity and so the House could cite her in contempt not as a member of the Senate but as a private person interfering with the proceedings of the House,” Aguirre said.

The show cause order was addressed only to De Lima and not the Senate where some of De Lima’s allies have threatened to block any move by the House to censure its members.

In his testimony on Nov. 24, Dayan claimed he wanted to attend the House investigation to deny charges made by high-profile convicts and former prison officials that he received bribe money from them meant for De Lima. But Dayan said De Lima told him, through his daughter, not to attend the hearing because the House members would just make a fool of them both.

De Lima, in her defense, claimed that she only advised and did not order Dayan to snub the House probe. Dayan went into hiding for months to evade the arrest order issued against by the House until he was captured in a remote village in La Union last Nov. 23.—WITH A REPORT FROM GIL C. CABACUNGAN

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RELATED(3)  FROM THE TRIBUNE

House to file raps vs De5 as Senate resumes probe Written by Gerry Baldo and Angie M. Rosales Monday, 05 December 2016 00:00



The House of Representatives is set to file this week criminal and administrative cases against Sen. Leila de Lima, who was a former Justice Secretary, Oriental Mindoro Rep Rey Umali, chairman of the House committee on justice, said yesterday.

The cases are connected to de Lima’s refusal to respond to the show cause order issued by the House of Representatives asking her to explain why she should not be cited for contempt for prevailing upon her former driver-bodyguard and fiancé not to appear before the House committee on justice investigation on the illegal drugs trade at the national penitentiary New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa.

Umali said that aside from the administrative and criminal cases the House will also file a complaint before the Senate ethics committee and a disbarment case before the Supreme Court (SC).

Umali said that de Lima violated “article 150 of Revised Penal Code (disobedience to summons) and probably for indirect contempt.”


UMALI

Umali said the legal department of the House and lawyers of the justice committee are now working on details of the complaints.

“Probably by Monday (today), we will get out the first submission of the draft complaints. Upon approval of that, I think the leadership of the House will not waste any minute to file it,” Umali said.

Umali, however, admitted that his action will depend on the collective decision of the House of Representatives under Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

“I’m taking the cue from the leadership of the House,” Umali said.

Umali said the relationship of de Lima to Dayan, which they both admitted, could pin her down on the disbarment case.

DEFINITE ETHICS ISSUE

“A lawyer, a secretary of justice at that, and a sitting senator into a relationship with a married man is definitely an issue in an ethics case for the violation of her oath as a lawyer and of her professional ethics,” Umali said.

The House action may coincide with today’s Senate public order and dangerous drugs committee inquiry on the circumstances behind the death of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.

Lacson said there’ no need for the probe to dwell on the past personal affair between de Lima and Dayan in the Senate hearing.

Dayan, however, is likely to have a faceoff with Espinosa’s son, alleged big-time drug lord in Eastern Visayas, Kerwin Espinosa, to establish the truth behind De Lima’s alleged use of drug money to help finance her senatorial campaign in the last elections.

There will be no ground rules, however, as to what should be the line of questioning on Dayan, Lacson said.

“I trust my colleagues. They know what questions to ask. Also, questions related to the personal affair of de Lima and Dayan were already brought out and established. I don’t see any reason to again raise these questions,” he said.

It would also be improper for her own peers to ask De Lima directly, the senator said.

“It’s her personal call. If she thinks she has something to clarify point by point, on the issues being thrown at her, that’s her call. We cannot compel her,” he said.

DAYAN TESTIMONIES

But the testimonies of Dayan and Kerwin should be scrutinized as the two gave conflicting accounts on the dates where the supposed exchange of money took place, Lacson added.

“Based on our information, Dayan who is in (Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters Camp) Crame, has insisted that the date was 2014 (in Baguio when one of the alleged transactions took place). So it would be his word against Kerwin’s word this time because there is a document and statement that the incident happened in 2015 and not 2014,” Lacson said, hinting on supposed hotel records when De Lima and her bodyguard stayed when they went to Baguio and met up with Kerwin supposedly.

“When weighed in a scale, it seems that the statement of Espinosa that the incident 2015 carries more weight.

The second loose end we will try to tie up was how they met. Based on Dayan’s testimony, it was clear that he was trying to save his skin in saying that he did not know that (Kerwin) was a drug lord, claiming that he throught he was an engineer. Anyway we will know based on what they will say at the Senate,” he said.

In establishing the truthfulness of the claims of the two personalities will help ascertain the supposed complicity of De Lima in receiving drug money although both Dayan and Kerwin already attested to this.

LACSON

“I want to establish how many times Dayan and De Lima went to Leyte, and if they went to Albuera to accept money from Kerwin as what Dayan claimed. I want to establish if they also contacted the group (of Police Supt. Marvin Marcos),” Lacson said.

The senator admitted that he has already sought independent information on the possibility of De Lima visiting Albuera Leyte during or even prior to the campaign period.

“The information we initially received was that Mayor Espinosa was thinking of running under the LP (Liberal Party) which was the same party of de Lima. But that did not pull through and he ran as an independent (candidate). I am also checking some sources there who can testify if de Lima was in Leyte in 2015. Of course when she was there, the probability was high that Dayan was with her. I am looking for a document, proof or testimony that both of them were in he province,” he said.

Bato still in hot seat

Nothing unlawful was committed by President Duterte when he ordered the reinstatement of Supt. Marvin Marcos but PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa could have stood his ground on his decision to relieve his subordinate from his post due to alleged drug links.

“At that point, it was a choice between the institution, which is the PNP and saving Marcos. It’s a no-brainer what choice he should have made,” Lacson said.

Lacson, himself a former PNP chief and currently overall lead in the Senate’s probe on the killing of Albuera Leyte Mayor Espinosa said there had been indeed a demoralization within the ranks of the country’s police force due to reinstatement of Marcos based on the information that reached him.

“It went across as the group of Marcos was untouchable. There were information we got that some in the force were asking why Marcos was that influential but I’m not ready to say it because I’m still validating if I received the right information about Marcos’ influence in Davao,” he said.

“For me, (Bato) should have argued a little (with the President), I will explain to him the findings. If he insists, then no problem. He is the commander in chief, he will have to follow. I don’t see a single problem since the order of the President to reinstate Marcos was not illegal per se,” Lacson said.

Based on the chronology of events, Marcos, chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Region 8 who was among those who served the search warrant on Espinosa, was named by the latter’s son, alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa when he was apprehended in Abu Dhabi last October.

The younger Espinosa revealed that Marcos was in his payroll and even received P3 million from him to fund the campaign of the latter’s wife who ran as vice mayor in the last elections.

Immediately after, Dela Rosa ordered Marcos relieved from his post and placed on restrictive custody along with his group but allegedly, the PNP chief received the “call” from the President, supposedly the same day he issued the order to have it recalled and reinstate the said police official.

“My point is, I’m taking to task Dela Rosa because if I was in his shoes, I will explain clearly and argue on my decision for relieving Marcos,” Lacson explained.

What’s further lamentable, the senator said, is the turn of events which showed Marcos and his group being temporarily lifted from being under restrictive custody and were even reportedly allowed to leave Camp Crame to prepare their documents in filing their counter-affidavits.

Lacson said the accused policemen could easily order those holding the necessary records or documents to have it shipped to Manila and need not be the one physically present to work on their counter-affidavits.

“Didn’t they think about the witnesses on the killing of Espinosa in Baybay, including the inmates, jail guards who may retract their statement? It will result to obstructing the investigation being undertaken by the IAS (Internal Affairs Service) and DoJ (Department of Justice). I can’t accept the reason for lifting a restrictive custody and allow them (to return to Leyte),” he said.

Unlike in the case where a provincial or regional director imposes the restrictive custody where there is a limit of only 60 days or less, there’s no such time frame if the order for the same comes from the chief PNP.

Lacson admitted being disappointed in dela Rosa who happens to be a former subordinate in the now defunct Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF), as he had known the latter as uncompromising and strong-willed.

In the said interview, the senator disclosed for the first time that before the first public hearing on the Espinosa killing, Dela Rosa sent an emissary to inform Lacson about the reinstatement order the PNP chief received from the President.

It was indeed through Presidential special executive assistant Christopher “Bong” Go, that the said order issued through phone was relayed to Dela Rosa, Lacson was told.

Earlier it was revealed by Sen. de Lima, citing sources from the PNP, that Go called up dela Rosa and “requested” for the reinstatement of Marcos.

It’s worthy to note that in the first public hearing, in which Marcos was already present, Lacson repeatedly asked him if he personally knows the younger Espinosa, to which he denied vehemently.


ABS-CBN

No formal letter of resignation from Robredo yet: Abella ABS-CBN News
Posted at Dec 04 2016 07:12 PM | Updated as of Dec 04 2016 08:12 PM

Andanar cites 'irreconcilable differences' between Robredo, Duterte

MANILA - (UPDATED) Malacañang has yet to receive a formal letter of resignation from Vice President Leni Robredo, who is set to vacate her post as Housing secretary on Monday, a palace official said Sunday.
In a statement on Sunday, Robredo said she will vacate her position as secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), noting "major differences in principles and values" with President Rodrigo Duterte.
READ: Robredo resigns as Housing secretary
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said prior to Robredo’s announcement of resignation, they have not received any formal letter from her.
Abella has also yet to confirm the Vice President’s claims that Duterte prevented her from attending Cabinet meetings.
“Differences in opinion does not prevent somebody from attending a Cabinet meeting,” Abella said in a phone interview on dzMM.

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“Rainbow cabinet po tayo. May mga Cabinet secretaries po na ibang-iba ang political ideology nila from the President pero andiyan po sila.”
Abella added that Malacañang will issue a statement later tonight.

Meanwhile, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the order to stop attending Cabinet meetings indeed come from Duterte, adding that this is due to "irreconcilable differences" between the two officials.
"It's really just irreconcilable differences. Both have also been clear to the policies they don't somehow agree on. And to me, I think this is just natural because you cannot be working with a person you don't really see eye to eye in important policies of the government," Andanar said.
Andanar also said he has heard other Cabinet officials voicing out their concerns about the differences between Duterte and Robredo.
"I hear different Cabinet member voicing out their concerns about the differences in opinion of the President and the Vice President, and some of the Cabinet members are not comfortable," he said.
"I understand the frustration of the Vice President, and I see the same problem with the other Cabinet portfolio," Andanar added.
As for the rumors of a plot to "steal" the vice presidency from Robredo, Andanar said it is definitely not from the Duterte camp.
"If there is a plot, that plot is not from the camp of President Duterte, I assure you. I have not heard of any statements, stories of any plot, only those coming from the camp of the Vice President," Andanar said.
It is also up to the President to decide on Robredo's resignation.
"It is unfortunate that the Vice President resigned. You know that her heart is in the right place, she wants to help the poor, just like the President wants to help the poor. Any common denominator between the President and the Vice President is their heart to help the poor and in this case, it is to make it to a reality that every Filipino family has a home, has a shelter," Andanar said.
"Tomorrow, let's see if the President actually accepts her resignation," he added.

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EDITORIAL Yes or no to Robredo as a Duterte Cabinet member? BY THE MANILA TIMES ON JUNE 3, 2016 EDITORIAL


FIRST DAY, FIRST MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo meet for the first time in Camp Aguinaldo on July 1, 2016. Photo from the Office of the Vice President COURTESY OF RAPPLER.COM

MANY citizens, impressed by the virtues they see in incoming Vice-President Leni Robredo, want to see her appointed to a Cabinet position when President-elect Rody Duterte takes office.

Among these is our columnist Marlen Ronquillo, who writes:


RONQUILLO

“Ms. Robredo should be in the government as an active executive official, not a spare tire … a specific executive office for Ms. Robredo carries a thousand pros for The Digong and almost zero cons.

“Ms. Robredo and Mr. Duterte agree 100 percent on who shall get the most attention from government. Mr. Duterte speaks of ‘the poor’ and the unprotected. Ms. Robredo phrases it differently—‘yung nasa laylayan (those on life’s margins). They are referring to the same sectors, my neighbors, myself, the kind of people referred to in The Sermon on the Mount.”

Mr. Ronquillo continues: “And they both see that there is a need for the heavy lifting from the state to accomplish that, not the hypocritical talk of ‘inclusive growth’ from the Aquino-Roxas Bros. A solid consensus on the thrusts of fundamental policies is probably the most ideal term of engagement between the President and his Cabinet. Mr. Duterte and Ms. Robredo share that consensus.” Mr. Ronquillo and many of our fellow Filipinos admire Mrs. Robredo for taking bus rides with her children from Bicol to Manila and back, just like ordinary and common citizens.

Pro-poor Kadamay says ‘No’ to Robredo in NAPC

But that is not how the urban-poor group Kadamay sees it. In a statement, it “slammed” the recommendation of National Economic Development Authority chief Ernesto Pernia for Ms. Robredo to convene the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).

“Very alarming” is how Kadamay describes Robredo’s earlier announced desire “to streamline government’s anti-poverty efforts.”

Kadamay, however, lauds Mr. Duterte’s statement promising to entrust the National Anti-Poverty Commission “to a woman from the Left.”

Kadamay, making light of Ms. Robredo’s “signature bus travels and Jessie Robredo-influenced tsinelas,” said that compared to left-leaning women mentioned as possible appointees to chair the NAPC, Ms. Robredo can show nothing to prove her track record and sincerity in addressing our country’s massive poverty situation.

The pro-poor civil society group also said that Ms. Robredo, together with outgoing DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman, still has to prove herself innocent of having used 4Ps funds supplied by the PNoy administration to boost her campaign for the vice-presidency. [4Ps refers to the aid-to-the-poor “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program”].

“How can we trust Leni to address poverty in the country when she has been known to have used poverty-alleviation funds to advance her political agenda. Despite so many complaints from 4Ps beneficiaries of her electioneering, have we heard any apology from Leni’s camp? “ asks Gloria Arellano, Kadamay national chair.

COMPLAINT AT COMELEC VS ROXAS, ROBREDO

Kadamay, meanwhile, has a pending complaint at the Comelec against Mr. Roxas and Ms. Robredo for using 4Ps to haul beneficiaries to their campaign rallies.

“After joining the Liberal Party in the last election, Robredo quickly identified herself among the ‘yellow trapos,’ who have made use of poverty and the plight of the poor to advance their own political interests. The failure of their Daang Matuwid program over the last six years is a clear indicator not to entrust poverty alleviation to anyone from the LP camp,” said Arellano.

Kadamay fears that when appointed to head NAPC or any poverty-alleviation agency of the Duterte government, Leni Robredo might only continue the neo-liberal policies that are espoused by the Aquino administration and have proved to be extremely detrimental to the poor. These policies include the privatization of public services such as hospitals and housing, the deregulation of public utilities, and many other profit-oriented policies.

Kadamay also foresees that Ms. Robredo would not endorse the implementation of genuine land reform and national industrialization as the fundamental components of any Philippine government’s poverty alleviation program.

Ms. Arellano asks further: “In her years, if not decades of public service, have we heard her speak about land reform and national industrialization? Never, she is just like any national leader who came from the clans of big landlords and big capitalists that rule the country—the Roxas and the Cojuangco-Aquino included.” MANILA TIMES EDITORIAL JUNE 3, 2016


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Leni to resign as HUDCC chief, vows to protect vice presidency By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated December 4, 2016 - 6:45pm 57 882 googleplus0 0


Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary Maria Leonor V. Robredo, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr., Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr., and Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II, attend the Cabinet Orientation Workshop at the Premier Guest House in Malacañan Palace on July 11, Monday. PPD/Robinson Niñal, File

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday announced that she will resign from President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet on Monday, December 5.

Robredo, the current Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) secretary, said that she received a text last Saturday from Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco, Jr., relaying the president’s instruction through Bong Go for her “to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings starting this Monday, December 5.” She said Duterte’s directive prompted her to resign.

“This is the last straw, because it makes it impossible for me to perform my duties. Hence, I am tendering my resignation from the Cabinet on Monday, December 5, 2016,” Robredo said in a statement.

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“With this resignation, you can expect that I will continue to support the positive initiatives of this administration and oppose those that are inimical to the people’s interest,” she added.

In her statement, Robredo revealed that her camp has been warned of a plot to steal her vice presidency. She admitted that from the start she and the president had major differences in principles and values.

The vice president cited their opposing views on issues such as the burial of late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, extra-judicial killings, reinstating the death penalty, lowering the age of criminal liability and sexual attacks against women.

She, however, said that since they both have the mandate to serve the people she hoped that their shared commitment to the poor and marginalized is something that will put their differences aside hence, she took the HUDCC post offered to her.

“We had hoped this day would not come. I had been warned of a plot to steal the Vice Presidency. I have chosen to ignore this and focus on the job at hand. But the events of recent days indicate that this plot is now being set into motion,” Robredo said.

Robredo vowed that she will not allow the vice presidency to be stolen.

“I will not allow the will of the people to be thwarted. I will continue to serve the Filipino family and fulfill their dream for a better life,” Robredo concluded.


View image on Twitter View image on Twitter Follow Leni Robredo ✔ @lenirobredo I have been warned of a plot to steal the Vice Presidency. I will not allow the Vice Presidency to be stolen. READ: http://bit.ly/2gUsz2r 5:01 AM - 4 Dec 2016 3,399 3,399 Retweets 5,118 5,118 likes

Robredo was appointed in the housing post last July. She said that in a span of five months, there have been solid accomplishments while there are also obstacles including the slashing of the agency's budget by more than P19 billion, inaction on her shelter agency appointment recommendations and the unsigned Executive Order designed to make HUDCC effective.

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Leni leaves Cabinet; Malacañang said the order did not mean she had been fired from the Cabinet. By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 5, 2016 - 12:00am 0 5 googleplus0 0


Vice President Leni Robredo shakes hands with President Duterte after attending her first Cabinet meeting as housing chief on July 11 at Malacañang. Robredo bares plot to ‘steal’ vice presidency

MANILA, Philippines – The rapprochement lasted only five months.

Told by Malacañang to stop attending Cabinet meetings, Vice President Leni Robredo last night declared she would quit her post as President Duterte’s housing chief effective today.

In a statement yesterday, the Vice President said she had been warned about a plot to “steal” her mandate. She is expected to address the nation this afternoon.

Robredo said she decided to quit after receiving a text message from Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. on Saturday, telling her to stop attending Cabinet meetings.

Photo shows a text message from Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. to Robredo, which prompted her resignation.

Malacañang said the order did not mean she had been fired from the Cabinet.

“We received a text message last Saturday from Secretary Evasco, relaying the President’s instruction through (Presidential Management Staff head Christopher) Bong Go for me to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings starting this Monday, Dec. 5,” she said in a statement.

“This is the last straw, because it makes it impossible for me to perform my duties,” she said.

Robredo said she chose to ignore warnings about plans to unseat her as Vice President so she could focus on her job as chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

“We had hoped this day would not come. I had been warned of a plot to steal the vice presidency. I have chosen to ignore this and focus on the job at hand. But the events of the recent days indicate that this plot is now being set into motion,” she said.

FACES VP ELECTION PROTEST

Robredo is facing an election protest before the Supreme Court filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., whom she defeated by a slim margin of more than 200,000 votes.

“As your duly elected Vice President, I will not allow the vice presidency to be stolen. I will not allow the will of the people to be thwarted. I will continue to serve the Filipino family and fulfill their dream for a better life,” Robredo said.

Duterte had initially said he did not intend to give Robredo any post in his Cabinet. But after their first meeting, he changed his mind and gave her the same post held by Jejomar Binay when he was vice president.

In his visit to China last October, Duterte had introduced Marcos as the new vice president if he won his case against Robredo.

Marcos and elder sister Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos joined Duterte in the visit to China.

Earlier, the camp of Robredo expressed alarm over the reported plan to recount the votes in last May’s vice presidential race without the “direction” of the Supreme Court sitting as Presidential Election Tribunal.

OBSTACLES THATMADE JOB DIFFICULT

Robredo did not give details of the supposed plot to snatch the vice presidency from her, but she mentioned “obstacles” that made her job as housing chief difficult.

Robredo noted that in barely five months since she took over the helm at the HUDCC, the housing agencies had made “solid” accomplishments even as she thought Duterte would support her despite their differences on issues related to housing.

She complained the budgets for shelter agencies for 2017 have been slashed by more than P19 billion.

Robredo said all her recommended appointments for key shelter agencies have not been acted on by Malacañang.

She also said an executive order designed to make the HUDCC effective was not signed.

Mentioning her policy differences with Duterte, Robredo said she took the job as housing secretary as she hoped that “this shared commitment to the poor and marginalized would transcend the differences between us.”

A CRITIC OF THE ADMIN

Robredo has been critical of the administration, particularly on the issues of extrajudicial killings and the burial of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“We both had a mandate to serve the people,” the Vice President said.

Last month, Robredo slammed Duterte after he joked about her legs and smooth knees.

“Tasteless remarks and inappropriate advances against women should have no place in our society. We should expect that most of all from our leaders,” she said.

Robredo, however, vowed to continue supporting the “positive initiatives” of the administration even after resigning from Duterte’s cabinet.

“With this resignation, you can expect that I will continue to support the positive initiatives of this administration and oppose those that are inimical to the people’s interest,” she said. – With Edith Regalado

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INQUIRER

Robredo asked to stop attending Cabinet meetings, quits post By: Vince Nonato - @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 06:20 PM December 04, 2016


GRAVE MATTERS, COMIC FLAIR To lighten up the five-hour National Security Council meeting on Wednesday, President Duterte used his famous comic flair, at one time spicing up the serious discussion with a reference to “the beautiful Vice President,” Leni Robredo, seated beside him. OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT

President Rodrigo Duterte over the weekend gave instructions for Vice President Robredo to “desist” from attending Cabinet meetings — pushing her to resign from the Cabinet effective Dec. 5.

Robredo hinted that “the events of recent days” indicate that “a plot to steal the Vice Presidency… is now being set into motion.”

In a statement on Sunday, Robredo said Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco, Jr., related Duterte’s instruction through his executive assistant Bong Go for her to “desist from attending all Cabinet meetings starting this Monday, December 5.”

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“This is the last straw, because it makes it impossible for me to perform my duties. Hence, I am tendering my resignation from the Cabinet on Monday, December 5, 2016,” Robredo announced in a statement on Sunday evening.

She also said that “as your duly elected Vice President, I will not allow the Vice Presidency to be stolen.”

“I will not allow the will of the people to be thwarted. I will continue to serve the Filipino family and fulfill their dream for a better life,” she said.

She said that as chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, the agency has had “solid accomplishments” in the past five months.

This was despite the “obstacles” of a P19-billion budget cut for all key shelter agencies, and inaction on appointment recommendations and the executive order to make the HUDCC more effective, she said.

She said resigning from the Cabinet would still allow her to “continue to support the positive initiatives of this administration and oppose those that are inimical to the people’s interest.”

Leni fired?

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, said “considering the situation, I think she (Robredo) is fired.”




It may be recalled that Robredo, who won 14,418,817 votes in the last election, defeated former Senator Bongbong Marcos by a razor-thin margin of 263,473. Marcos is currently protesting her proclamation before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal.

On October 20, Duterte himself brought up the possibility that “if [Bongbong] wins in his protest, he could be our vice president” during his state visit to China.

The following is Robredo’s full statement released to the media:

“We had hoped this day would not come.

“I had been warned of a plot to steal the Vice Presidency. I have chosen to ignore this and focus on the job at hand. But the events of recent days indicate that this plot is now being set into motion.

“From the very beginning, the President and I had major differences in principles and values. Since I assumed office, I have been consistent in my opposition to issues such as the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, extra-judicial killings, reinstating death penalty, lowering the age of criminal liability, and sexual attacks against women.

“But we both had a mandate to serve the people. I had hoped that this shared commitment to the poor and marginalized would transcend the differences between us. So, I took the job of Housing Secretary when it was offered to me.

“In barely five months, we have solid accomplishments in HUDCC. This, despite the obstacles thrown our way, which are: 

One, the budget for all key shelter agencies in 2017 has been slashed by more than P19 billion. Two, all our key shelter agency appointment recommendations have not been acted on.

“Three, the Executive Order designed to make HUDCC effective was not signed.

Then, we received a text message last Saturday from Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco, Jr., relaying the President’s instruction through Bong Go for me “to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings starting this Monday, December 5.”

“This is the last straw, because it makes it impossible for me to perform my duties. Hence, I am tendering my resignation from the Cabinet on Monday, December 5, 2016.

“With this resignation, you can expect that I will continue to support the positive initiatives of this administration and oppose those that are inimical to the people’s interest 

However, as your duly elected Vice President, I will not allow the Vice Presidency to be stolen. I will not allow the will of the people to be thwarted. I will continue to serve the Filipino family and fulfill their dream for a better life.”/rga

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Sen. Pangilinan voices support for Robredo, warns of pro-Marcos moves Published December 4, 2016 11:05pm


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Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan on Sunday night expressed his support for Vice-President Leni Robredo and warned that forces seeking to return ex-dicatator Ferdinand Marcos' family to power were on the move.

"We are saddened by this latest development. We believe the Vice President should have been treated with greater respect," Pangilinan said in statement.

The senator added that like the vice president, he, too, was against the death penalty, the jailing of minors like adults, the mistreatment of women, and the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mg Bayani.

"Dagdag pa rito, ang pagkaltas ng P19 billion sa budget ng housing ay direktang makakaapekto sa programa ng pabahay lalo na para sa kapos-palad nating mga kababayan," Pangilinan added.

The senator ended by calling on all supporters of democracy to resist the pro-Marcos forces and "defend Leni." — DVM, GMA News


PHILSTAR

De Lima: Bong Go ordered reinstatement of CIDG-8 chief (philstar.com) | Updated December 1, 2016 - 3:30pm 8 6518 googleplus1 0


Sen. Leila De Lima said Presidential Management Staff Christopher Bong Go is the “higher official” who called Philippine National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa to reinstate the chief of the Crime Investigation and Detection Group Region 8. Go has denied the allegation. File photo

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED 4:58 p.m.)– Sen. Leila De Lima on Thursday pointed at Presidential Management Staff head Christopher "Bong" Go as the “higher official” who called Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa to reinstate the chief of the Crime Investigation and Detection Group Region 8.

Citing her “own sources” De Lima said Go, also the top aide of President Rodrigo Duterte, asked Dela Rosa to reinstate Superintendent Marvin Marcos, the regional CIDG director involved in the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.

She insisted she did not invent the information as it was from a reliable source.

De Lima said the supposed order was already an “open secret” among PNP officials. She added that Go is a powerful official as he has long been an assistant to Duterte even when he was mayor of Davao City.

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"And that is why it caused a lot of ano, hindi nagustuhan nung ilang PNP officials na binaypass yung hierarchy ng PNP nung ni reinstate iyang si Marcos without clearing it with them or without asking them. Even yung CIDG head, I think never knew about it," the senator said.

Go has denied the allegation, saying they are "pure hearsay and [are] unsubstantiated."

In a statement to the media, Go said he cannot recall even ever meeting Marcos.

"I did not ask General Bato to reinstate him. I also do not interfere with the affairs and functions of the PNP," Go said.

On Tuesday, Dela Rosa said he already relieved Marcos from office after he was named by self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa as one of his alleged protectors. However, he said some “higher official” official called him to reinstate the cop.

The PNP is under the administrative control of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, which answers to the president as head of the executive branch of government. According to its website, the PMS is "the primary government agency responsible for providing technical assistance and advice to the president in exercising overall management of the development process."

Dela Rosa in a press conference on Thursday said the “higher rank” official was a “kumpare” or friend. He earlier refused to answer when asked if the caller was Duterte or from the Cabinet. —Rosette Adel and AJ Bolando

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Palace to Bato: Name ‘kumpare’ By Giovanni Nilles (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 3, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa will be asked to name his “kumpare” – said to be a high official at the Palace – who called him to reinstate Supt. Marvin Marcos, the relieved Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region 8 chief accused of receiving drug money from Kerwin Espinosa. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa will be asked to name his “kumpare” – said to be a high official at the Palace – who called him to reinstate Supt. Marvin Marcos, the relieved Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region 8 chief accused of receiving drug money from Kerwin Espinosa.

“Yes, we will ask him to reveal the identity of his kumpare,” Assistant Communications Secretary Marie Banaag told Malacañang reporters yesterday.

Banaag did not discount the possibility that Sen. Leila de Lima was merely employing squid tactics when she pointed to Presidential Management Staff head Christopher “Bong” Go as the official who ordered the reinstatement of Marcos.

“There are many possibilities. General Bato said it was not Special Assistant to the President (Bong) Go, so there’s no need to clarify that point,” Banaag said, refering to the PNP chief by his nickname.

She said De Lima could have issued the misinformation to divert the public’s attention from the ongoing House inquiry into the alleged illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison.

“The issue does not matter anymore since Marcos is in restrictive custody,” Banaag said.

When asked if Duterte would fire Dela Rosa’s kumpare, Banaag said the President would not hesitate to sack anyone involved in influence peddling at Malacañang.

De Lima earlier claimed that Go called Dela Rosa to have Marcos reinstated as CIDG Region 8 chief.

Go had denied De Lima’s accusation, which he described as “pure hearsay and unsubstantiated.”

Rody absolves Go

President Duterte has absolved Go of any liability in the accusations hurled by De Lima.

“It’s not true that Bong Go called (the PNP chief),” Duterte said.

The President also threw his full support anew for Dela Rosa.

As PNP chief, Duerte said Dela Rosa has the prerogative to remove his men or retain them in their posts whether or not they were being investigated or not.

Bato to De Lima: Identify source

The PNP chief dared yesterday De Lima to identify her source before he names his kumpare who called him to reinstate Marcos and his group to their CIDG posts.

“If she identifies her source I will name my kumpare who made the request to me,” Dela Rosa said.

Marcos and his subordinates were relieved by Dela Rosa following the killing of Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa in an alleged shootout with CIDG officers inside his detention cell at the Baybay City sub-provincial jail last month.

Dela Rosa earlier justified the relief and transfer of Marcos to the PNP holding center at Camp Crame in Quezon City after Espinosa tagged him in the illegal drug trade.

But upon the intercession of a “higher authority” in Malacañang, Dela Rosa reinstated Marcos to his post.

The PNP chief stood by his decision to reinstate Marcos, who had been accused by Kerwin of receiving drug money from him amounting to P3 million in exchange for protection.

The CIDG raid on the Leyte provincial jail was led by Chief Insp. Leo Laraga, who allegedly received P120,000 in monthly payola from Kerwin.

Kerwin had expressed belief that his father was killed to prevent him from spilling the beans on police officers getting protection money from him.

Leila won’t identify source

De Lima, for her part, declined to reveal her source.

“I will not and will never disclose my source. I cannot breach the confidence accorded to me by my source,” she said.

De Lima instead issued a challenge to Dela Rosa to identify the higher official who gave the order to reinstate Marcos.

“The duty to disclose belongs to him and not to me, since he was the one who revealed that he was given the order to reinstate Marcos,” De Lima said.

Squid tactics of De Lima -Cayetano

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano accused De Lima of engaging in squid tactics by coming out with baseless allegations against Go in order to divert the public’s attention from her alleged links to illegal drugs.

Cayetano vouched for the integrity of Go.

He described De Lima’s move as an attempt to mislead the public.

“Senator De Lima seems to be resorting to squid tactics as a strategy to get the attention away from the accusations in which she herself is involved,” Cayetano said.

“Instead of facing the drug allegations against her, she found it more fitting to file a case against the President. Now, she is targeting the special assistant to the President with baseless accusations,” he added.

Cayetano said it was improper for De Lima to dish out such accusations based on hearsay against Go, whom he said has an untarnished reputation.

“Secretary Go is a professional, he doesn’t put his own agenda in his professional duties. He is a soldier who follows his commander-in-chief’s directives. He should not be dragged into controversy, especially when there is no clear proof,” Cayetano said.

“These intrigues are merely part of Senator De Lima’s and her allies’ plan to replace the President with their own,” he added.

Cayetano has vowed to help the President in ridding the government of “narco-politicians and other drug protectors.”

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs will continue its probe on the killing of Espinosa.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who heads the panel, said he would look into the circumstances behind Marcos’ reinstatement as CIDG Region 8 chief.

Lacson said the issue was relevant to the inquiry because it was Marcos and his team who were behind the killing of Espinosa.

“If there was prior information that he was on Kerwin’s payola and that he was tainted with drug money as per General Dela Rosa’s own admission, then it’s a no-brainer that he (Marcos) be transferred to the holding group and investigated,” Lacson said.

“When we joined the force, we understood that we will be separated from our families, so citing family as humanitarian grounds for reinstatement is not a valid reason,” he added.

Vice President Leni Robredo also urged Dela Rosa to reveal the identity of the Palace official who asked him to reinstate Marcos amid his involvement in the alleged rubout of Espinosa.

Robredo expressed concern that “someone from Malacanang lobbied for Marcosreinstatement.”

“First of all, the subject police officer is involved in a murder case. If he was reinstated because of protection from somebody up there, it is alarming, especially that we want to relay to the people that we are serious in the war on drugs,” she said.

Robredo said Marcos’ reinstatement ran counter to Dela Rosa s previous pronouncement that he would transfer him to another post.

“What’s the basis for such order (to reinstate)?”the Vice President said. – With Jaime Laude, Christina Mendez, Edith Regalado, Marvin Sy, Helen Flores

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Bato dares De Lima to name source who claimed Go was ‘kumpare’ By: Julliane Love De Jesus - Reporter / @JLDejesusINQ INQUIRER.net / 12:44 PM December 02, 2016



Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa denied the claim of Senator Leila de Lima that it was President Rodrigo Duterte’s aide Christopher “Bong” Go who asked him to reinstate Supt. Marvin Marcos to his position.

Dela Rosa challenged De Lima to reveal the name of her source who claimed Go was the “kumpare” who influenced Dela Rosa to bring back Marcos and his men to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) unit in Eastern Visayas police.

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“Sabihin niya muna sa akin kung sino ang source niya, sabihin ko kung sino ang kumpare ko na nakausap ko (She should tell me first who her source is, then I’ll tell her who the comrade I talked to was),” Dela Rosa said in an interview after sending off another batch of Special Action Force commandos to man the New Bilibid Prisons on Friday.

READ: De Lima: ‘Bong’ Go called Bato to reinstate Supt. Marcos

Asked if Go, Special Assistant to the President, was the one who backed Marcos, Dela Rosa said: “Basta meron akong kumpare. Hindi siya. (I have a comrade. It’s not him.)”

Go also denied calling Dela Rosa to protect Marcos.

READ: Bong Go: De Lima accusation ‘pure hearsay’

Dela Rosa earlier admitted that someone higher than him asked him to reinstate Marcos and his men.

For “humanitarian purposes,” Dela Rosa said he granted the request of his “kumpare,” whom he said was a higher official assigned in Malacañang.

READ: Bato admits ‘kumpare’ asked him to reinstate Supt. Marcos to CIDG

It was Marcos’ unit that led the search inside the cell of slain Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. last Nov. 5.

Before the operation, Marcos and other CIDG Region 8 members were ordered relieved for allegedly accepting drug money from the Espinosas.

Marcos and his subordinates at the CIDG Region 8 are currently under restrictive custody at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame. CDG/rga


INQUIRER

It was I who called De la Rosa, Duterte admits By: Leila B. Salaverria - Reporter / @LeilasINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 10:40 PM December 02, 2016


‘OPEN SECRET’: Sen. Leila de Lima says it’s an open secret among PNP officials that President
Duterte’s special assistant, Bong Go (left), intervened for the reinstatement of a police official
involved in a raid that resulted in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. Photo from MALACAÑANG

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday night admitted that it was he who ordered Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to reinstate a police official whom the Philippine National Police chief had sacked for involvement in illegal drugs.

In a talk with reporters in Davao City, Mr. Duterte said he directed his special assistant Christopher “Bong” Go to call Dela Rosa for him.

When he got Dela Rosa on the line, he told the PNP chief not to remove Supt. Marvin Marcos because the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director was being watched.

“I told him, ‘Don’t remove the guy because he is involved … I am doing an investigative job,” Mr. Duterte said.

He said Marcos’ record was tainted. He cleared Chief Supt. Asher Dolina, who was police director for Eastern Visayas in 2015, of allegations he received protection money from confessed narcotics kingpin Kerwin Espinosa.

“I learned that Dolina was clean. But Marcos was tainted,” Mr. Duterte said.

Dela Rosa sacked Marcos after Espinosa identified him during a Senate inquiry last month as one of the police officials in Eastern Visayas whom he paid for protection.

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COMPOSITES PHOTOS BATO AND MARCOS

The PNP chief told reporters earlier in the week that a higher official, whom he described as his compadre (buddy), called him up and requested him to reinstate Marcos.

He said he would name the official in a closed session of the Senate inquiry into a prison gunfight in Leyte where Espinosa’s father, Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., was killed by officers from Marcos’ command early on Nov. 5.

On Thursday, Sen. Leila de Lima told reporters that the intercessor was Go.

De Lima said she got the information from a PNP official, whose identity she did not disclose.


PHOTO -SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ASSISTANT 'BONG' GO: On Friday an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte defended Presidential Management Staff head Christopher "Bong" Go amid allegations that he ordered the reinstatement of a top CIDG official who led the raid against slain Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles said he has known Go for a long time and said the long-time aide would never go behind the President's back. He added Go would not ask Philippine National Police Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa for any personal favors. INQUIRER FILE DECEMBER 2, 2016

Not Go

On Friday, however, Dela Rosa denied Go was the intercessor.

“Suffice it to say that I have a compadre. It’s not Go,” Dela Rosa told reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony for the deployment of a fresh PNP Special Action Force battalion to New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

“Let her (De Lima) tell me who her source was then I’ll identify my compadre,” he said.

Earlier Friday, Assistant Communications Secretary Ana Marie Banaag said Malacañang needed to know first who Dela Rosa’s compadre was as it was important for the public to know.

Asked whether Malacañang regarded the call to Dela Rosa from somebody from the Palace as irregular, Banaag said it was up to the PNP chief to clarify the matter.

As for De Lima’s identifying the caller as Go, Banaag said the claim could have been made to stir up trouble.

“What we’re saying is, there’s a possibility that the opinion of Senator De Lima, what’s she’s saying, could be, may possibly have been made to create trouble, sow dissent and suspicion among the ranks of those in the administration,” Banaag said.

Marcos was first relieved after the CIDG raid on Mayor Espinosa’ cell in the Leyte subprovincial jail in Baybay City on Nov. 5.

All the CIDG officers who took part in that raid were also sacked.

Espinosa surrendered to Dela Rosa in August after President Duterte publicly linked him to illegal drugs.

He was released because no charges had been filed against him, but was arrested after being indicted on weapons and drug charges.

Espinosa submitted a statement to investigators linking ranking police officials to the illegal drug business of his son Kerwin.

At 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 5, CIDG officers, armed with warrants, raided the jail to search Espinosa’s cell for drugs and weapons.

The CIDG officers said Espinosa opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, killing him.

Another inmate, Raul Yap, was also killed in the alleged gunfight.

‘Premeditated’

Senators looking into the prison gunfight heard testimony last month that the CIDG raiders called crime scene investigators to come to the jail before the raid.

The testimony led to the initial finding that the killing of Espinosa was “premeditated.”

Espinosa’s son Kerwin fled the country in August, but was arrested in Abu Dhabi.

He was sent back to the Philippines, and he appeared at the Senate inquiry on Nov. 23.

Espinosa testified to entrenched police involvement in his illegal drug business, saying Marcos and Chief Insp. Leo Laraga, the CIDG raiding team leader who shot Mayor Espinosa, were on his payroll.

He also named a number of other police officers whom he paid for protection. Some of the officers were even his drug suppliers, he said.

Embarrassed, Dela Rosa, who was at the hearing, broke down. He issued a second relief order for Marcos and the other officers named by Espinosa. —WITH REPORTS FROM JAYMEE T. GAMIL IN MANILA AND FRINSTON LIM, INQUIRER MINDANAO

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Duterte has ’more sinister’ reason for reinstating cop—De Lima By: Nestor Corrales - Reporter /@NCorralesINQ INQUIRER.net / 03:30 PM December 03, 2016


Senator Leila de Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA

Embattled Sen. Leila de Lima said Saturday that there was a “more sinister reason” why President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa for the reinstatement of Supt. Marvin Marcos.

Duterte admitted on Friday that he was the one who asked dela Rosa to reinstate Marcos, the police official allegedly involved in the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.

The President said he was only doing an investigative job on Marcos.

READ: Duterte defends order to Bato not to remove Supt. Marcos

“But I don’t believe for a single moment Duterte’s cited reason for the reinstatement, that the President himself was hatching a cloak and dagger scheme to further entrap Marcos or his partners in the illegal drug trade,” De lima said in a statement.

“We have had enough of these runaround explanations from Malacañang, and I’m sure there’s a deeper and, possibly, a more sinister reason for the President’s actions,” she added.

The senator questioned why dela Rosa had to point to a “kumpadre” (friend) instead of just admitting from the start that the President himself ordered the reinstatement.

She said 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.”

Duterte’s admission, she added, “brought more questions than answers.”

“This incident in itself should be the subject of a Senate inquiry. 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.

“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,” she added.

De Lima has been the subject of Congressional hearings after high-profile inmates at the New Bilibid Prison accused her of receiving drug money from drug lords inside the national penitentiary. Self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa also tagged de Lima to be under his payola.

The senator has repeatedly denied these allegations. IDL

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Where’s change?: Lacson hits Duterte admin’s ‘double standard’ By: Nestor Corrales - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ INQUIRER.net / 12:43 PM December 03, 2016


Senator Panfilo Lacson. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

It seems that change is not coming, at least for Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson.

Lacson on Friday criticized the Duterte administration for its “double standard” in its brutal war against illegal drugs.

“I thought it was an all-out drug war I was supporting. Talk about double-standard. Talk about double-speak. Change isn’t coming after all,” he said in a Twitter post.

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BACKSTORY: Ping Lacson on Duterte presidency: God help us

The senator was apparently dismayed over the admission of President Rodrigo Duterte that he was the one who ordered Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to reinstate Supt. Marvin Marcos.

READ: It was I who called De la Rosa, Duterte admits

Marcos is the police official allegedly involved in the killing of suspected drug lord and former Albuera town mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.

On Friday night, Duterte admitted that he ordered his closest aide Christopher “Bong” Go to call dela Rosa not to remove Marcos from his post.

The President said it was he who talked to dela Rosa and not Go as earlier accused by Sen. Leila de Lima.

The chief executive said he ordered not to remove Marcos because he was conducting an investigation during that time.

It later turned out that Marcos indeed has links to illegal drugs, Duterte said.

“Si (Asher) Dolina, malinis. Si Marcos, may tama (Dolina is clean, but Marcos has a record),” he said in a speech in Davao City on Friday.

Dolina, who was police director for Eastern Visayas in 2015, was tagged by alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa who had allegedly received drug protection money from the drug trafficker. IDL

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Mystery on Bato’s caller persists despite Rody’s admission Written by Tribune Wires Sunday, 04 December 2016 00:00 By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora and Ted Tuvera

The mystery over who interceded for the reinstatement of Police Supt. Marvin Marcos and his men to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region 8 after an order for their relief from Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa did not end with President Duterte’s admission that he and not his special assistant Christopher “Bong” Go who made the call to de la Rosa.

Instead, Duterte’s nemesis at the Senate, Sen. Leila de Lima, said there’s a “deeper” and “more sinister” reason behind the call and Duterte’s subsequent admission that he was the one who did it.

Marcos was linked to the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa after a supposed shootout inside the Leyte Sub-Provincial Jail where Espinosa was detained.

Marcos was also one of the policemen who allegedly received drug money from alleged Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.

Over the week, dela Rosa reinstated him after receiving an order from the higher-ups as dela Rosa himself revealed but without giving a name.

The slain mayor’s son testified before a Senate probe fingering Marcos, along with former PNP Region 8 chief Gen. Asher Dolina, was in his protection payroll.

Duterte admitted yesterday he was dela Rosa’s “kumpadre” (godfather to his child) who asked to reintate Marcos.
Based on Duterte’s narration, Go phoned dela Rosa but on Duterte’s order.

The narration of Duterte, however, diverged with what dela Rosa initially revealed about the phone call seeking to intervene for Marcos.

“This was how it happened, I ordered Bong (Go), call. By the time he passed the phone to me, it was dela Rosa who answered. I said, do not remove the guy (Marcos) because heis part of it...I am doing an investigative job,” Duterte said.

The President, in a speech in Davao City said “don’t believe it was Bong who called Bato for Marcos.”

But based on dela Rosa’s version of the story, the man who called him, who is not Bong Go, asked him to reinstate Marcos and his group out of compassion.

“Pal, that group of Marcos is asking for help because they may have to leave their family there (in Leyte) and they will be transferred to (Camp) Crame (in Quezon City) so maybe you can reconsider the decision to remove them,” Dela Rosa said in a press conference last Thursday.

“I told him, ‘yes, no problem’. For humanitarian purposes? I’m willing to do it,” the PNP chief said but apparently with a heavy heart in reversing his order to relieve Marcos from his CIDG post.

Duterte cleared Dolina from Espinosa’s accusations, Marcos was identified to be in cahoots with the syndicates.

“That has ended, Dolina was cleared. Marcos was positive. I was keeping track of his movements. You remove him and remove him… I will lose track,” the President said.

SOFT HEART ON MARCOS

Unusually though, Duterte appears to have a soft heart for Marcos compared to other suspected narco-cops whom he said he wanted killed if possible, saying that he has to pass through the so-called “due process”.

“[Marcos] has to face the charges. Let him maintain the right to be heard,” Duterte added.

In an earlier speech on Friday, the Chief Executive pointed out that he wants to defend cops that are tagged in the narcotics industry saying that such allegations has bad effects on the morale of the police force.

“So there it was, low morale existed. The other members of the police force did not know that we’re doing the investigative work, so you do that, it will create a ripple in the entire country,” he said.

LACSON SLAMMED 'DOUBLE-SPEAK'

Apparently irked by the turn of events, Senator Panfilo Lacson slammed Duterte’s apparent two-faced approach in his administration’s flagship war on drugs.

“I thought it was an all-out drug war I was supporting. Talk about double-standard. Talk about double-speak.

Change isn’t coming after all,” Lacson, who heads the Senate Committee which made Espinosa squeal Dolina’s and Marcos’ narcotics involvement, lamented on a Twitter post.

Run-around explanation — Leila

De Lima has accused Go, Duterte’s trusted man of ordering Marcos’ return but afterwards, the executive chief himself has spoken up admitting that he was the one who requested PNP Chief Dela Rosa to recall the relief.

With Duterte’s admission, De Lima guessed that “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.”

Duterte explained that the decision was based on the current status of investigation.

“I don’t believe for a single moment Duterte’s cited reason for the reinstatement, that the President himself was hatching a cloak and dagger scheme to further entrap Marcos or his partners in the illegal drug trade,” she said.

Expressing disappointment, she asserted that given these “runaround explanations from Malacanang,” 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.

Describing Malacanang’s statements and clarifications as “lies” and “Orwellian doublespeak,” she urged all concerns to start asking questions, “for the truth to come out.”

“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,” the neophyte senator added.

She also mulled the possibility of the incident being the subject of a Senate inquiry.


INQUIRER

Duterte defends order to Bato not to remove Supt. Marcos By: Nestor Corrales - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 11:43 PM December 02, 2016


President Rodrigo Duterte and PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO)

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday defended his order to PNP chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa not to remove Supt. Marvin Marcos, the police official allegedly involved in the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.

READ: Duterte admits: I asked for reinstatement of CIDG-8 chief

Duterte said he was only doing an investigative job on Marcos.

“I am doing an investigative job. Natapos na yun, si Dolina was cleared. Marcos, positive. Kasi I was keeping track of his movements,” he said in an ambush interview in Davao City.

Chief Supt. Asher Dolina was the police director of Eastern Visayas in 2015 implicated by self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa who had received drug money.

The President admitted that he ordered his special assistant Christopher “Bong” Go to call PNP chief dela Rosa regarding Marcos.

But the President said it was him who talked to dela Rosa.

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“Ganito yan, si Bong inoderan ko, call. By the time pinasa niya, ang sumagot si dela Rosa. Sabi ko, do not remove the guy because kasali yan sa…,” Duterte said.

(It went like this. I ordered Bong to call. By the time he handed me the phone, the one who answered was Dela Rosa. I told him, do not remove the guy because he’s part of the…)

Duterte explained why he did not want to remove Marcos from office yet.

“Alisin mo ako doon, mawala bigla ang… Mawala lahat. Hindi ko masundan,” he said.

(If you remove him there, all well be gone. We won’t be able to follow.)

The President said Marcos was tainted with drug links while Dolina had no link to illegal drugs.

He said Marcos has to favor the charges against him.

“He has to face the charges. But ngayon, pwede nang…(But now, it’s OK to…) Let him maintain the right to be heard,” he said. TVJ

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Marcos, CIDG team still under suspension By Jaime Laude and Marvin Sy (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 4, 2016 - 12:00am 0 2 googleplus0 0


Superintendent Marvin Marcos, former chief of the regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in eastern Visayas, led the team that killed Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. in a sub-provincial jail cell. Philstar.com/File photo

MANILA, Philippines - The relieved chief of the Region 8 Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Supt. Marvin Marcos, and the rest of his men are still under suspension, the Inspector General of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said yesterday.

PNP-IG Deputy Inspector General Chief Supt. Leo Angelo Leuterio said they have not received any orders to reinstate Marcos and his men to their former posts and therefore the orders for their relief is still in effect.

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa earlier said he was requested by “someone on top” to reinstate Marcos and his men to their former positions at the CIDG Eastern Visayas.

“I don’t know the engagement of the Chief PNP to whoever he was talking with. But the Chief PNP’s instructions is to conduct an impartial, objective and very fair investigation,” Leuterio said in an interview with dzMM.

“There’s no new instruction from the Chief PNP,” he said.

Leuterio added the restrictive custody on Marcos and his men has been lifted to allow them to secure documents and possible witnesses in the administrative cases they are facing.

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Marcos and his men were involved in the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Ronaldo Espinosa Sr. at the Baybay City jail on Nov. 5.

Espinosa and another inmate, Raul Yap, were killed in a supposed shootout with the CIDG operatives serving a search warrant in their cells.

Espinosa’s son, Kerwin, testified before the Senate inquiry that Marcos was among the police officials protecting his illegal drug operations in the region.

Disappointing

President Duterte on Friday admitted ordering Dela Rosa to reinstate Marcos to his old post.

Duterte explained he wanted Marcos in the CIDG Region 8 so he could observe if he really was involved in illegal drugs.

Dela Rosa had said a ranking official, who was later described as his “kumpare,” called and stopped him from relieving Marcos.

Duterte said he had asked his closest aide and trusted confidant Christopher “Bong” Go to call Dela Rosa.

Duterte told reporters in Davao City late Friday that he himself gave the order in the attempt to keep track of Marcos’ illegal activities.

Senior police officials were caught off guard by Duterte’s admission.

“Well, if that is the case, it’s the commander-in-chief giving the order. So that’s it. It comes from the highest chief so we have to follow,” PNP spokesman Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos said.

“The group of Supt. Marcos is undergoing investigation at the PNP Internal Affairs Service. And as per information I got from the PNP deputy IG (Leuterio) their restrictive custody was just temporarily lifted to allow them to return to Leyte to gather documents that they will use to answer the administrative case of summary dismissal proceedings being conducted against them. So that’s their present status for now,” Carlos said.

LACSON

Sen. Panfilo Lacson has raised doubts about the sincerity of the administration in its war against illegal drugs following the admission of Duterte.

Lacson, who spearheaded the conduct of an inquiry into the death of Espinosa, said Dela Rosa could have “explained to the President that reinstating Marcos and his group could be counterproductive.”

“In spite of that, if the President insisted, then he had no choice but to obey. After all, the order was not illegal per se,” he said.

In his official Twitter account, Lacson made it even clearer how he felt about the issue.

“Kumpare, kumare, kamaganak, kaibigan, etc. asking favors from CPNP – So what? It still boils down to command responsibility pag pumalpak (if something goes wrong),” Lacson said.

“Marcos now free from restrictive custody and allowed to go back to Tacloban. And I thought Ronald was strong willed and uncompromising,” he added, referring to Dela Rosa.

According to Lacson, this issue has led him to believe that “under this administration, whatever we think, maybe it’s possible.”

“Also, it says a lot about the government’s all out war against illegal drugs. It can’t succeed if they’re engaging in double standard and double speak. If it’s all out, it must be no nonsense and without discrimination. When there”s favoritism and inconsistency, any effort is bound to fail,” he added.

Again, in his Twitter account, Lacson had some choice words to say about the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.

“I thought it was an all out drug war I was supporting. Talk about double standard. Talk about double-speak. Change isn’t coming after all,” he said.

DE LIMA WANTS SENATE INQUIRY

Sen. Leila de Lima aired her suspicion that the President just owned up to the reinstatement of Marcos to save Go from taking the fall in this incident.

De Lima said she does not buy the explanation given by Duterte about why he ordered the reinstatement of Marcos, supposedly to further entrap Marcos or his partners in the illegal drug trade.

“We have had enough of these runaround explanations from Malacañang, and I’m sure there’s a deeper and, possibly, a more sinister reason for the President’s action. Otherwise, why would Gen. Bato (Dela Rosa) go through this charade of pointing to a kumpadre instead of just admitting from the start that the President himself ordered the reinstatement?” De Lima said.

De Lima said that the incident should prompt an inquiry by the Senate.


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