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DOJ witness Kerwin Espinosa washes hands in Albuera drug raid

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) A cop whom Kerwin said was in his pocket takes the witness stand, and says police found no evidence to link him to the raid

STATE PROTECTION. Kerwin Espinosa leaves the Manila RTC on August 10, 2018, tightly guarded by escorts from both the NBI and the DOJ Intelligence Service Operations Group (ISOG). Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

15 months after Espinosa slay, Marvin Marcos parties in Camp Crame

Feb 28, 2018 - 1:44 PM

Superintendent Marvin Marcos joins the anniversary party of the PNP's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group

SPOTTED. Marvin Marcos sits with regional chiefs of the CIDG. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Iloilo mayor Mabilog charged with graft over towing project

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:40 PM

The Ombudsman also indicts former Iloilo City Councilor Plaridel Nava II, who allegedly connived with the mayor to set up a towing firm that would bag a government contract

SICK LEAVE. Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog goes on sick leave after President Rodrigo Duterte repeats his accusation against the mayor for having drug links in the city the President calls the 'most shabulized' in the Philippines. Photo from Mayor Mabilog's Facebook page

4 mayors, no projects in Albuera, Leyte in 2016 – COA

Aug 29, 2017 - 10:33 AM

Commission on Audit also flags Albuera s low spending on disaster risk reduction

Espenido warns narco-politicians in next post: Resign now, live longer

Aug 10, 2017 - 5:51 PM

Espenido also vows to identify the policemen who allegedly served as gunmen for the Parojinog clan

SOUGHT-AFTER. Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido will be reassigned to a place targeted by the government's war on drugs. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rapler

Alleged drug lord Espinosa's brother-in-law killed in Davao police ops

Aug 10, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Jake dela Cruz had 4 arrest warrants against him and faced criminal charges for illegal possession of firearms illegal drugs and murder

Duterte denies hand in downgrade of case vs cops in Espinosa slay

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Hindi ako nakikiusap yan tanungin nyo I never influenced my Secretary of Justice in saying you better file a lesser charge says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to the personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the pass in review during the 116th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Transformation Oval’s Grandstand in Camp Crame, Quezon City on August 9, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Ozamiz police chief to get ‘special award,’ new assignment after Parojinog raid

Aug 07, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido was the chief of police in Albuera Leyte and in Ozamiz City Misamis Occidental when their mayors were killed in the drug war

RECOGNIZED. Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espinosa is set to receive an award after his work in the anti-illegal drugs campaign. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ to begin probe into drug trade allegations vs Peter Lim

Aug 02, 2017 - 3:10 PM

A police complaint states that Cebu based businessman Peter Lim supplied staggering amounts of shabu to the group of Kerwin Espinosa

APPEARANCE BEFORE NBI. Alleged drug lord Peter Lim is escorted by security after he shows up at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'You're not protected for life,' Escudero tells cops amid killings

Jul 31, 2017 - 5:20 PM

The term of the incumbent administration is only for 6 years so whatever it is they re enjoying right now if they violate any of our existing laws they would have to face it anyway says the senator

ERRING COPS. Senator Francis Escudero says erring policemen should not think they are protected for life, as the Duterte administration will end in 2022. File photo from Poe-Escudero Media Bureau

Before Parojinog slay, there was 'classic EJK' Espinosa killing

Jul 31, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Senators question the similar circumstances of the deaths of two mayors allegedly linked to drugs while former government officials say this has the mark of an extrajudicial killing

ALLEGED DRUG LINKS? Both Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr and Ozamiz mayor Reynaldo Parojinog – named in President Duterte's drug list – have been killed by police.

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Jul 30, 2017 - 11:38 AM

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With CIDG 12 post, Supt Marvin Marcos may qualify for promotion

Jul 26, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Will the cop linked to the killing of a detained mayor eventually be promoted to senior superintendent?

SENIOR OFFICER SOON? Marvin Marcos, currently the CIDG 12 head, attends a Senate hearing in December 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lacson: DOJ circular may nullify downgraded charges in Espinosa slay

Jul 26, 2017 - 2:17 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson points out a department circular which supposedly limits the DOJ undersecretaries power to handle petitions for review

SENATE PROBE. Senator Panfilo Lacson (center) leads the Senate inquiry into the reinstatement of Superintendent Marvin Marcos on July 26, 2017. Photo by Albert Calvelo/PRIB

Dela Rosa admits Supt Marcos reassignment 'not so normal'

Jul 26, 2017 - 12:20 PM

But the PNP chief tells senators that impunity will not happen under his watch amid concerns over Superintendent Marvin Marcos return to the police force

MARCOS AND IMPUNITY? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa talks to CIDG chief Roel Obusan during a December 2016 hearing into the killing of Rolando Espinosa. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

LIVE: Senate hearing on the reinstatement of Marvin Marcos

Jul 26, 2017 - 8:36 AM

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No state-sanctioned killings? Supt Marcos is 'damning proof'

Jul 17, 2017 - 8:27 AM

Senator Risa Hontiveros says the reinstatement of a cop linked to the killing of a former mayor is the latest proof that EJK deniers need

STATE-SANCTIONED KILLINGS? Senator Risa Hontiveros speaks during the "So, Ano Na?" forum at UP Diliman. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

HRW: Reinstatement of Supt Marcos shows 'wider impunity' in PH drug war

Jul 14, 2017 - 12:18 PM

The New York based human rights group says President Rodrigo Duterte s order comes as no surprise given his previous pronouncements defending cops in the war on drugs

Dela Rosa defends Marcos reinstatement: 'Justice system working'

Jul 13, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Kung yung drug pusher or drug lord may kini claim sila na due process eh bakit hindi natin puwede ibigay doon sa pulis na dumaan sa due process? says the PNP chief

BACK TO BUSINESSMEN. Superintendent Marvin Marcos (left) and his men are ordered reinstated. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Put*ng i*a!': Lacson, senators slam reinstatement of Supt Marcos

Jul 13, 2017 - 2:53 PM

UPDATED Senator Lacson a former Philippine National Police chief sums up the reinstatement of Superintendent Marvin Marcos with the favorite expletive of the Chief Executive who had ordered it

EX-PNP CHIEF. Senator Panfilo Lacson joins other senators in criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte's order to reinstate Superintendent Marvin Marcos, who is implicated in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. File photo from Senate PRIB

Duterte orders reinstatement of cop in Espinosa slay, again

Jul 12, 2017 - 7:52 PM

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa says it would be a waste anyway not to let Superintendent Marvin Marcos work since he is getting paid

EMBATTLED COPS. Superintendent Marvin Marcos (2nd, L) with others tagged in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr at the preliminary investigation into the criminal complaint against them before the DOJ on December 20, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Jun 21, 2017 - 8:38 PM

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Aguirre distances self from DOJ downgrade of charges in Espinosa slay

Jun 21, 2017 - 11:30 AM

UPDATED I was not the one who wrote it I was not the one who signed it says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II about the DOJ s latest resolution on charges in the killing of Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr

NO HAND. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II denies hand in the writing of the DOJ resolution that downgraded to a bailable offense of homicide the charges against policemen in the killing of mayor Rolando Espinosa inside his jail cell in 2016. File photo by Rappler

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Jun 20, 2017 - 9:39 PM

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Senators hit Aguirre for downgrading charges vs Espinosa slay cops

Jun 20, 2017 - 5:11 PM

Senators say the decision was anomalous questionable and an insult to the Senate that investigated the killing

The Senate is keen on 'denouncing' the Department of Justice's move downgrading the murder charges against policemen to just homicide. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cops in Espinosa slay case out on bail

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:23 PM

Superintendent Marvin Marcos and 18 others are accused of killing Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr

ESPINOSA CASE. Superintendent Marvin Marcos (center) attends a Senate probe into the killing of the late Albuera mayor. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ downgrades murder charges vs cops in Espinosa slay

Jun 09, 2017 - 11:50 AM

The new resolution is the DOJ s latest flip flop It downgrades murder charges to a lesser and bailable offense of homicide and also dismisses malicious warrant charges against the cops

ESPINOSA CASE. Superintendent Marvin Marcos and his subordinates during a Senate probe into the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Apr 03, 2017 - 8:56 PM

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Why Duterte won't leave CIDG 8 cops hanging

Apr 03, 2017 - 2:18 PM

But the case involving Superintendent Marvin Marcos isn t as simple as cops doing their job

DUTERTE'S ROCK. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa speaks to President Rodrigo Duterte during the former's birthday party inside Camp Crame. File photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

Duterte, Dela Rosa, Arroyo | Evening wRap

Mar 20, 2017 - 10:11 PM

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DOJ eyes complaint vs Samar judge in Espinosa slay

Mar 20, 2017 - 6:32 PM

But the DOJ dismisses allegations that policemen planted evidence in jail

File photo of slain Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr

Arrest warrants out vs cops in Espinosa slay case

Mar 20, 2017 - 10:30 AM

3rd UPDATE Ordered arrested are 19 policemen from CIDG Region 8 led by Superintendent Marvin Marcos

ESPINOSA CASE. Superintendent Marvin Marcos and his subordinates during a Senate probe into the killing of Rolando Espinosa. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Why Senate thinks CIDG 8 planned Espinosa killing

Mar 13, 2017 - 7:57 PM

UPDATED The two Senate committees that investigated the killing of Mayor Espinosa pin the blame on the CIDG 8 team saying they were trying to hide their links to the illegal drugs trade

CIDG 8. Superintendent Marvin Marcos (center) during the Senate probe into the death of Rolando Espinosa Sr. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte sneers at Senate report on Espinosa slay

Mar 13, 2017 - 7:16 PM

I do not care even if there are a thousand committees I will insist on the truthfulness of the police I will defend [them] says the President

Advice to Duterte: Don't micromanage PNP

Mar 13, 2017 - 5:14 PM

A Senate committee report on the killing of Albuera Mayor Espinosa Sr takes the President to task for intervening in the appointment of a cop linked to the murder

PNP AFFAIRS. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa (first row, 2nd from right) is flanked by kidnapping suspects during a press conference in Camp Crame on Monday, March 13. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Judges face admin probe over Espinosa cases

Jan 24, 2017 - 11:02 PM

Three judges from Eastern Visayas face administrative cases over their handling of petitions related to the late Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr

KILLED. Three judges from Eastern Visayas face administrative cases for their handling of petitions related to the late Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. Rappler photo

Ozamiz mayor on drug list welcomes cop who chased after Espinosas

Dec 24, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido s last assignment led to the arrest of the mayor of Albuera Leyte whom President Duterte had linked to the drugs trade

POLICE CHIEF. Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido during a Senate probe into the death of the late Rolando Espinosa Sr. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ gives Leyte cops 1 month to answer criminal charges

Dec 20, 2016 - 4:07 PM

The police officers led by Superintendent Marvin Marcos have until January 23 2017 to submit their counter affidavits

DOJ INQUIRY. Superintendent Marvin Marcos (2nd from left) and other cops tagged in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Jr attend the preliminary investigation hearing on criminal charges filed against them before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on December 20, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Kerwin Espinosa moved to NBI custody

Dec 15, 2016 - 8:05 PM

The alleged Eastern Visayas drug lord is under the provisional coverage of the Witness Protection Program

DOJ subpoenas cops in slay of Albuera mayor Espinosa

Dec 14, 2016 - 6:11 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will continue to believe the version of the Leyte cops unless there is a case filed and [they are] convicted

LEYTE COPS. Superintendent Marvin Marcos (right) and Chief Inspector Leo Laraga attend the the Senate inquiry into the death of Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr on November 23, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte on reinstating Supt Marcos: Public has nothing to fear

Dec 12, 2016 - 4:25 PM

Top drug lord? The President says the public should not be afraid about his reasons for keeping Superintendent Marvin Marcos in his post

GOOD INTENTIONS? President Rodrigo Duterte assures the public that he had good reason to order PSupt Marvin Marcos be kept in his post. File photo by Robinson Ninal/PPD

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Dec 09, 2016 - 1:15 PM

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Espinosa probe: When denials rule the day

Dec 09, 2016 - 9:40 AM

Where is the Senate probe into the killing of Rolando Espinosa Sr headed?

DOJ to review NBI findings vs Marcos, CIDG 8

Dec 09, 2016 - 9:10 AM

The Department of Justice will determine if there is probable cause to file criminal charges against policemen accused of killing mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr

COPS UNDER FIRE. Superintendent Marvin Marcos (middle) and Chief Inspector Leo Laraga attend the Senate inquiry into the death of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr on November 10, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Don't use impeachment as tool for political reasons' – lawmaker

Dec 08, 2016 - 3:05 PM

Lawmakers react to Senator Leila de Lima s claim that President Rodrigo Duterte may be impeached for protecting cops tagged in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr

'Duterte is a murderer' – De Lima

Dec 08, 2016 - 2:10 PM

Duterte s admission seals his fate as the Father of all EJKs says Senator Leila de Lima citing the President s pledge to protect cops tagged in the murder of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr

DE LIMA VS DUTERTE. Senator Leila de Lima calls President Rodrigo Duterte as the 'Father of EJKs' in the country. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte not impeachable for protecting Leyte cops – Panelo

Dec 08, 2016 - 10:39 AM

UPDATED The President s chief counsel says the NBI findings are not enough to prove that the police team murdered Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr

DUTERTE'S PROTECTION. Can President Duterte be impeached for vowing to keep out of jail the 24 cops involved in Rolando Espinosa Sr's death? Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

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Dec 07, 2016 - 9:59 PM

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De Lima: Duterte may be impeached for protecting cops in Espinosa slay

Dec 07, 2016 - 5:48 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says President Rodrigo Duterte s pronouncement is a betrayal of public trust

Duterte: I won't let cops in Espinosa slay go to jail

Dec 07, 2016 - 3:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte gives the assurance to Superintendent Marvin Marcos and his men a day after the National Bureau of Investigation recommended multiple murder charges against them

President Rodrigo Duterte declares that his 'war on drugs' will continue to gain momentum during a press briefing at NAIA Terminal 2 in Pasay City, prior to his departure to Japan for a state visit on??October 25, 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD