Albayalde still has Duterte’s trust despite drug recycling controversy – Palace

Marje Pelayo   •   September 26, 2019   •   652

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (R) and National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde (L) review honor guards during the 117th Philippine National Police (PNP) police service anniversary in Quezon City, Philippines, 08 August 2018. EPA-EFE/STR

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte maintains his trust on Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde despite allegations of involvement in illegal drug recycling controversy.

“Until such time as the President says otherwise, he remains in full trust and confidence of the commander-in-chief,” Palace spokesperson Salvador Panelo said, referring to Albayalde, in a briefing following the Chief Executive’s meeting with the PNP chief and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino.

This was the Palace’s response to controversies hounding the police official on his alleged links with policemen who recycle confiscated illegal drugs from drug suspects.

According to Panelo, Albayalde already reported to the President that the alleged syndicate of ninja cops was already disbanded during the time of former PNP Chief and now Senator Ronald Dela Rosa.

What remained, Panelo said, were only police scalawags involved in corruptions and various operations involving illegal drugs.

“Ang difference daw is iyong ninja cops was a syndicate (The difference was the ninja cops were part of a syndicate),” Panelo said.

“Kumbaga talagang may conspiracy, may mga link ang bawat isa. Pero itong mga police scalawags, kaniya-kaniya… kaniya-kaniyang kita (They said there was a conspiracy going on. They have established links. But these police scalawags are working individually),” he added.

Malacañang maintains that the ongoing internal cleansing among the ranks of the PNP, as well as the Duterte Administration’s anti-drug war, remains effective.

Proof to this are the arrests made on 124 police scalawags in entrapment operations.

Meanwhile, Panelo said, it is still up to the President to decide on whether or not to divulge the names of PNP personnel allegedly involved in illegal drugs operations. — MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

DOJ wants review of cops’ administrative, criminal liabilities in anti-illegal drug ops

Marje Pelayo   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) Inter-Agency Review Panel has submitted to the President and furnished a copy to the Philippine National Police (PNP) its preliminary findings in the conduct of anti-illegal drug operations of law enforcement personnel. 

The review covered the 328 cases of the thousands of illegal drug operations conducted since President Duterte assumed office in 2016.

According to DOJ Undersecretary Adrian Sugay, their recommendations include a review of possible administrative and criminal liabilities of erring cops that result in the death of suspects.

The PNP is expected to release its report on the matter in the first week of March.

The DOJ assures that all policemen who are involved in such cases will be held accountable based on the result of their review.

This came after an incident that happened in Quezon City where members of the PNP and agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) engaged in a shootout in an alleged anti-illegal drug operation.

“Any and all possible administrative/criminal liability against those involved in these anti-illegal drug operations where deaths occurred may be pursued depending on any further findings/recommendations,” Usec. Adrian Sugay stressed. (MNP with reports from Dante Amento)

Duterte designates NBI as sole body to probe PNP-PDEA ‘misencounter’

Robie de Guzman   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has designated the National Bureau of Investigation to be the sole agency to investigate the alleged misencounter between cops and operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Malacañang said Friday.

“Nagdesisyon po ang ating president na tanging NBI lang po ang mag-iimbestiga duon sa putukan na nangyari sa panig ng mga kapulisan at PDEA diyan po sa Quezon City,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.

The shooting incident involving policemen and PDEA operatives occurred on Wednesday afternoon near a mall along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. Four individuals – two cops, a PDEA agent and an informant – were killed in the gun battle.

The PNP and PDEA earlier said that a joint Board of Inquiry has been created to look into the incident.

But due to Duterte’s order, the joint probe will have to be discontinued.

“’Yung mga binuong joint panel para imbestigahan yan, na binuo po ng PNP at PDEA ay di na po magtutuloy sa kanilang imbestigahan,” Roque said.

Both PNP and PDEA assured to work with the NBI in compliance with Duterte’s directive. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Senate to conduct probe on QCPD-PDEA ‘misencounter’ — Dela Rosa

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa on Thursday (February 25) announced that the Senate will be conducting a hearing to shed light on the ‘misencounter’ between the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The lawmaker said the investigation which will be conducted on March 2 will look into the seeming lack of proper coordination from both camps.

In a statement, Dela Rosa said that there was also negligence in the proper dissemination of that coordination to the operating units.

“Through our hearing and investigation, we will try to ferret out the truth and give [an] opportunity to all parties involved in this unfortunate incident to explain their side,” he added.

Dela Rosa said the hearing will help the Senate determine if there is a need to revise laws concerning law enforcement authorities. -AAC

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