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PNP-IAS starts preliminary conference on Espinosa cops

Supt. Marvin marcos, left, at Senate hearing. Photographed by Jamin Verde, InterAksyon
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MANILA - The Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) started on Friday its preliminary conference on the administrative case against more than 20 police officers involved in the prison killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.

Police officers who appeared at the start of the preliminary conference at PNP General Headquarters in Camp Crame included the 13 personnel of the Region 8 Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) led by their chief, Supt. Marvin Marcos.

Supt. Marcos was accompanied by fellow CIDG officers, Supt. Santi Magtira and Chief Insp. Leo Laraga, the officer who claimed to have shot the late Mayor Espinosa during a search raid gone awry at the sub-provincial jail in Baybay City, Leyte last November 5, 2016.

Police officers of the PNP Maritime Group (MG) who were part of that operation also attended the preliminary conference.

However, Atty. Shella Castillio, chief of the Legal Affairs Service of the PNP-IAS, who served as the hearing officer, said that the preliminary conference could not finish the proceedings because of the voluminous documents needed to be submitted by the prosecution and the accused.

Because of this, the preliminary conference of the case will resume on Jan. 10, 2017, after which, both parties will be given a period of 15 days within which to submit their respective position papers.

IAS has 30 days to terminate the investigation and issue a resolution to be submitted to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa.

The IAS terminated the preliminary investigation on the case filed against the accused police officers for grave misconduct last December 12, which may lead to their dismissal from the service.