Albayalde: 7 ‘ninja cops’ mentioned by PDEA under PNP watch list

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2019   •   1937

PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde confirmed on Monday (September 23) that the seven ‘ninja cops’ mentioned by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) are already under the PNP watch list.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino previously reported that these seven ninja cops are still in active service and are allegedly recycling recovered or confiscated illegal drugs.

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According to Albayalde, these seven cops are among the 87 ninja cops who are allegedly involved in illegal drugs.

“All of these policemen are under strict monitoring. Mayroon kaming IMEG dito (We have IMEG here). That’s the very reason kung bakit tayo nagtayo ng (why we have) Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group — to monitor these people,” he said.

Meanwhile, the PNP chief also responded to rumors about his involvement in the recycling of illegal drugs.

“Let us not make a mistake, not just for the perception of one person. Kung uso ang recycling sa droga, uso din iyong recycling ng perception (if recycling of drugs is still happening, so is recycling of perception),” Albayalde said.

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Albayalde was pertaining to the action of Senator Richard Gordon at a Senate press conference, where he motioned with four fingers when asked about the rank of police officials involved in the recycling of illegal drugs.
—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PDEA seizes P6.8-M worth of shabu in Tagaytay

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 21, 2020

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized P6.8 million worth of suspected shabu in Tagaytay City on Thursday (February 20).

Authorities seized around one kilo of shabu from male suspect, Suwaib Minalang.

PDEA said the suspect’s mode of operation is to deliver the illegal drugs to the houses of their customers.

“Sa tingin namin marami pang sinusuplayang area ito, kung saan magkasundo dadalhin nila iyan (we think they are supplying more areas where they will agree to deliver [the drugs]),” according to PDEA Region 4A Acting Director IAV Melvin Estoque.

Estoque also said the suspects had been previously arrested in 2018 for selling illegal drugs in Laguna but was released due to the plea bargaining agreement.

PDEA will conduct profiling to determine which batch and country of origin the seized illegal drugs came from.—AAC (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

Two suspects nabbed for selling injectable shabu online

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 20, 2020

Two men were arrested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) after they were caught selling illegal drugs in Mandaluyong City on Thursday (February 20).

A member of PDEA posed as a buyer and, after confirming the illegal activity, authorities arrested Mark Kenneth San Juan and Jeffrey Saclao.

Authorities seized 26 syringes of suspected liquid shabu with an estimate of P52,000. They also seized one sachet of suspected shabu worth around P13,600.

According to PDEA Spokesperson Derrick Carreon, the suspects are also selling drugs online based on their social media accounts.

Carreon also said the suspects target the youth using social media. He also warned about the negative effects of using drugs.

“So, maaari po talagang mangyari sa inyo ang mga hindi kanais-nais na mga bagay apart from the fact na it leads to (Bad things can happen to you apart from the fact that it leads to) the spread of several infectious diseases,” he said.

PDEA has taken custody of the two suspects and will face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. —AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

DILG says cops on ‘narco-list’ who opted to retire early not spared from probe, charges

Robie de Guzman   •   February 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said that cops included in the narco-list who opted to file for optional retirement will not be exonerated from criminal charges if they are found to be involved in the illegal drug trade.

Año made the statement Wednesday after some members of the opposition group slammed reports on the move of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to give the 357 cops included in the narco-list the option to retire early to reduce the cases for adjudication.

PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa earlier said he is open to optional retirement of police officers accused of having drug links to lessen the government resources that will be used when the adjudication begins.

He, however, asserted that the early retirement won’t clear the cops from allegations and that this is not an easy way out.

He added that any officer who initially availed of the early retirement option will be pursued if proven to be involved in the narcotics trade.

Gamboa recently met with most of the 357 cops and explained to them the process of the two-way adjudication to be initiated based on his request to President Rodrigo Duterte.

The process involves adjudication at the regional and directorial level for one week before the cases go to the national level which will handle the cases for three weeks.

Once all the cases are submitted to the Office of the PNP Chief, it will take three days for him to submit the results of the adjudication for approval.

Año said the 357 cops accused of having drug links should present proof to remove their names from the narco-list.

“Patunayan nilang wala silang kaugnayan sa iligal na droga. Nasa kanila ang burden of proof, iprisinta nila ang mga ebidensya na magpapatunay na wala silang kinalaman at kaugnayan sa iligal na droga,” he said.

The DILG chief said the evidence should be presented to four agencies handling illegal drug reports – the PNP, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency and the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“Hanggang hindi nagkakaroon ng pagkakasundo ang apat na ahensyang ito, hangga’t hindi nila sinasabi ng ‘Okay na yan’, magpapatuloy ang imbestigasyon,” he said.

The narco-list is a consolidation of intelligence and other reports from law-enforcement agencies and still needs to be verified and validated. Aside from uniformed personnel, the list also includes local officials and judges as well as other personalities.

Once a complaint is filed, it can be validated within a month, Año said.

He also said that the final clearance will come from the President. 

“Gusto nating maparusahan ang mga may kaugnayan sa iligal na droga” Año said. “I commend PNP Chief Gamboa for having the courage in resolving this issue na matagal ng burden ng PNP. We need to deal with this para makapagtrabaho na nang matino ang ating mga pulis,” he added.

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