Dela Rosa on Marcos' reinstatement: Who am I to question the President?

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — "Unusual" — that was how Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa described getting an order from the President himself to reinstate a relieved police officer.

Dela Rosa said on Monday that President Rodrigo Duterte's phone call to reinstate relieved Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 8 Regional Chief Supt. Marvin Marcos was out of the ordinary but he nonetheless followed the order because it came from the President.

"Okay lang because it is coming from the Chief Executive. Hindi po pangkaraniwan. To be frank, nagtataka ako but who am I to question the wisdom of the President?" he said during the Senate probe on the killing of slain Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa.

[Translation: It's okay because it is coming from the Chief Executive. It was unusual. To be frank, I wondered, but who am I to question the wisdom of the President?]

The PNP Chief said Duterte had a reason to reinstall Marcos as the regional head, which was because he was doing an "investigative job." Dela Rosa received the explanation from the President later on.

Dela Rosa said Marcos was administratively relieved on October 15 due to his alleged involvement in the drug trade of Kerwin Espinosa. On the same day, he was reinstated.

A few weeks later, Marcos was relieved again from his post after leading the CIDG-8 unit that killed Mayor Espinosa and other inmate Raul yap after a supposed shoot-out inside the Leyte Sub-Provincial Jail in Baybay town last November. He and his men from CIDG Region 8 were placed under restrictive custody pending the investigation of PNP Internal Affairs Service (IAS).