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Duterte: I will not allow these policemen to go to prison

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday that even the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) findings on the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. is a ‘rubout’, he will not allow all the officers and policemen involved to go to prison.

Duterte said during his speech in Mandaluyong “I will not allow these me to go to prison. Even if  NBI said it was murder. Anyway NBI is under my authority, the Department of Justice.”

Duterte is firm that he is more bent on to drug personalities who resist arrest during police operations. And believes that between the police and the criminals, he will trust the police more.

“Whatever the police say, I deem that that is the truth. If the NBI said it was murder, and the police said they fought back, I will take on what the police had told me. Why would I sacrifice the police?” Duterte continues.

“I will not interfere with their (NBI) findings. File a case but I will not permit the policemen to be implicated in the killing’.

Few weeks ago, Duterte admitted that he was the one who ordered Philippine National Police chief Gen Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa the reinstatement of CIDG Region 8 chief Supt. Marvin Marcos who was also accused by Mayor Espinosa’s son alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, that he (Marcos) led the killing of his father.

NBI issued a statement on Tuesday that the mayor’s killing was a ‘rubout’ that could also be a link to a bigger drug conspiracy.  With the testimonies of some witnesses who witnessed the killing of Mayor Espinosa and Raul Yap inside their jail cell, it is undoubtedly a premeditated killing and not just what was reported from the start that the mayor was still engaging his drug business inside his cell and resisted arrest.

The bureau in their press conference said that the institution will file multiple criminal charges against Supt. Marcos and the members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) involved in the rubout.

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