Sen. De Lima doesn’t buy reason to reinstate CIDG 8 chief

MANILA — Following the admission of President Rodrigo Duterte that he himself ordered the reinstatement of a police official sacked for involvement in illegal drugs, Senator Leila de Lima on Saturday said she didn’t believe the President’s reason to reinstate him.

To recall, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa earlier told reporters that a higher official and friend he refused to name requested to reinstate PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region 8 director Supt. Marvin Marcos despite his allegations.

Marcos was fired after self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa implicated him as having received kickbacks for protection during a Senate inquiry.

De Lima earlier said reliable sources told her that Dela Rosa was referring to President Duterte’s special assistant Christopher “Bong” Go. However, the President recently clarified that it was him and not his right hand man.

The President said that he ordered the reinstatement of Marcos so that the PNP could watch him.

“…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.

She raised the possibility that there was “a deeper” reason for the President’s action noting that Dela Rosa even refused to admit from the start that the President himself ordered the reinstatement.

“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. Azer Parrocha/