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By Genalyn Kabiling 

Malacañang is ready to cooperate with the Senate’s planned investigation of reinstatement of the police officers implicated in the killing of a Leyte town mayor linked to the illegal drugs trade.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella
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“The government, through the PNP will cooperate with any investigation. We have always participated in any hearings and we will continue to abide by that,” Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said.

Supt. Marvin Marcos and 18 other police officers facing homicide charges for the death of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Jr. were recently resinstated to duty upon orders of President Duterte.

The administrative case against Marcos and his team has reportedly been resolved in their favor.

Several senators, however, denounced the President’s decision and stressed that it promotes a culture of impunity among erring police officers.

Senator Panfilo Lacson said the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs would conduct an investigation into the matter.

The Palace, however, justified anew that Marcos is already eligible to return to duty after serving out his suspension.

Abella also said the President respects and abides by the rule of law.

“The reinstatement of the Superintendent is basically in compliance with the fact that he was suspended and that the suspension has been served,” Abella said.

“He’s now, he’s eligible back to duty. Whatever — In other words, he’s abiding by the rule of law,” he added.

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