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Sumbatan na! Acop: Erring cops may use Marcos’ case as basis for reinstatement

Jul 17, 2017 @ 9:57

Superintendent Marvin Marcos’ return to service may set a precedent for erring cops to demand their reinstatement, Antipolo Rep. Romeo Acop has warned.

Acop, a former police general, said the precedent set by Marcos’ case could be regretted by government officials later on.

“[T]here will be policemen similarly situated na may kaso. So kailangan maibalik na rin sila because they will claim na bakit si supt. Marcos ang kaso niya is homicide ay naibalik sa trabaho? Bakit kami, lesser offense yong amin kwan eh hindi kami maibalik sa trabaho, we remain floating?” he said in a radio interview Sunday (July 16).

Marcos, formerly the head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Region 8, has returned to active service following his suspension as chief of CIDG-SOCCKSARGEN.

He has been tagged in the killing of Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. last year.

Despite the Senate and National Bureau of Investigation’s findings that Espinosa’s death was murder, the prosecutors downgraded the charges against Marcos and 18 other police officers to homicide.

As a former part of the Philippine National Police, Acop said it was his desire that the uniformed service be professionalized.

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