Trillanes bombshell: We will prove Duterte ordered killing of Mayor Espinosa thru Leonardo, Marcos
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV believes that President Rodrigo Duterte himself gave the order to kill Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa inside his jail cell.
In a briefing, Trillanes said Duterte was running a death squad in Malacañang through his most trusted police officer, Supt. Edilberto Leonardo, and Supt. Marvin Marcos, who led the team which killed Espinosa.
“Ultimately sabi ko nga under different circumstances malalaman natin na itong si Pres. Duterte mismo ang nag utos sa mga ito o nagbigay sa grupo ni Supt. Marcos na ipapatay si Mayor Espinosa. Kaya nangyayari itong pag downgrade na yan ni (Justice) Sec. (Vitaliano) Aguirre (II),” he said.
Trillanes believed that Marcos and his team would not stay long behind bars as this was not part of the supposed plan.
“Pinahupa lang yung sitawasyon kasi hindi nya pwedeng hayaan lang na makulong itong grupo nila Supt. Marcos kasi pagka ito nakulong, mawawalang bisa yng kanyang statement na sagot ko kayo. Ito mismo kanya itong mga ito eh,” he said.
“Believe me, mark my words, pag wala na sa pwesto si Duterte babaligtad yang grupo na yan at ituturo yang si Duterte believe me,” Trillanes said.
Trillanes is claiming that Leonardo, was a “kumpare” of presidential son and Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.
“Sa pagkakaalam ko ito ay close kay Paolo Duterte. Yan yung link. So itong information na ito, based on sources of information, hindi lang ito isa, sources of information, validated,” Trillanes said.
Leonardo, a Davao policeman was alleged to be responsible in recruiting Marcos into the group as they were batch mates in Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) that graduated in 1996.
Trillanes said it was Leonardo who called Duterte to free Marcos after the latter was tagged as a drug protector by Espinosa’s son, Kerwin.
“Meron kaming info na itong grupo nila Supt. Marcos at ilang mga classmate nila ay ito nga yung nag e-execute nung extrajudicial killings (EJKs). Na identify na yung mga pangalan ng mga kaklase nila na involved sa death squads all over the country…Pagkapanalo pa lang ni Duterte kinamada na nila ito,” he said.
The senator said Leonardo was also code named SPO4 Sonny Buenaventura who was known as the long-time driver-bodyguard of Duterte from 1988 until he retired from service in 2008. He is alleged to be the one who identifies the targets of Davao Death Squad (DDS) hitmen based on the supposed orders of the President when he was still mayor of Davao City.
“Ngayon si Leonardo na si Buenaventura pero buong Pilipinas na yung sakop hindi lang sa Davao. They have their own organization within the (PNP) organization pero may mga pwesto sila, may mga position sila. Ito nga nangyari kay Supt. Marcos, (kaya) sya regional director ng CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group),” the senator said.