Arrest warrant out vs cops in Espinosa slay

By ADRIAN STEWART CO

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday revealed that arrest warrants have been issued against 20 PNP-Crime Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region 8 members in relation to the killing of former Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa.

PNP chief director general Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said that his office has received a copy of the arrest warrant issued by the Samar Regional Trial Court against the PNP-CIDG Region 8 members led by Superintendent Marvin Marcos.

Marcos was the head of the team that allegedly served a search warrant against Espinosa to look for firearms and drugs inside his cell at the Baybay sub-provincial jail on the morning of November 5, 2016.

The controversial operation resulted in the killing of Espinosa and another inmate Raul Yap after they allegedly threatened to attack the PNP-CIDG Region 8 operatives.

Lumabas na ang kanilang warrant of arrest for murder. Na-serve na ngayon doon sa CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) ng Region 8,” dela Rosa said in a press conference.

Aside from Marcos, others named in the warrant were:

  • Superintendent Santi Noel Matira

  • Chief Inspector Leo Laraga

  • SPO4 Melvin Cayobit

  • PO3 Johnny Ibañez

  • Senior Inspector Deogracias Diaz III

  • SPO2 Benjamin Dacallos

  • PO3 Norman Abellanosa

  • PO1 Jerlan Cabiyaan

  • PO1 Calixto Canillas Jr.

  • Inspector Lucrecito Canolosas

  • SPO2 Antonio Docil

  • SPO1 Mark Christian Cadilo

  • PO2 Jhon Ruel Doculan

  • PO2 Jaime Bacsal

  • SPO4 Juanito Duarte

  • P01 Lloyd Ortigueza

  • Senior Inspector Fritz Blanco

  • PO1 Bhernard Orpilla

Findings of the Department of Justice (DOJ) show there was conspiracy among the charged policemen.

Meanwhile, the charges against respondents Cristal Jane Briones Gisma, Divine Grace Baclas, and PO2 Niel Centino were dismissed.

The policewomen were not present during the police operation, while Centino’s status was absent without official leave (AWOL) at the time of the incident.

Two Senate panels and the National Bureau of Investigation said in separate reports that Espinosa’s killing was “premeditated” by the police to cover up their involvement in the illegal drug activities of the mayor.

The slain mayor’s son, self-proclaimed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, testified during a Senate inquiry that Marcos was on his payroll – an allegation that the officer tearfully denied./PN