PDEA: 7 active ninja cops recycle illegal drugs; ‘drug queen’ in Manila holds govt position
Maris Federez • September 18, 2019 • 347
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has confirmed that the practice of recycling illegal drugs recovered from government operations is still prevalent.
The agency said seven ninja cops are involved in such practice.
In her exclusive report, UNTV Correspondent Lea Ylagan was able to obtain a list containing the names of the 13 original ninja cops with ranks ranging from patrolmen to police captains.
When President Rodrigo Duterte started his term in office and launched the extensive campaign against illegal drugs, said ninja cops were sent to Mindanao.
Two of them were ambushed by a riding-in-tandem in Cotabato which resulted in the death of one.
Others had gone AWOL, while some retired early.
PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino, however, reported that, to this day, seven ninja cops who are still in active service are in the practice of recycling recovered or confiscated illegal drugs, with the help of an alleged Drug Queen who is said to be holding a position in Manila.
“(There) are protectors, somehow helping the drug queen distribute drugs. Sila rin ang nagbebenta ng ilegal na droga. Minsan naman may mga asset din sila na nagbebenta ng ilegal na droga,” Aquino said.
The official added that these ninja cops do not only operate in Metro Manila but also in the provinces.
“Definitely bawat region ay may ninja cops. Merong mga tiwali. Even parts of Mindanao, Visayas, Luzon,” he added.
Aquino further said that the ninja cops would reduce in half the shabu that they confiscate in their anti-illegal drug operations and would pass it on to the said Drug Queen who will take care of the dispatching and selling to their customers.
“She is very powerful with connections with the law enforcement agency, sa mga pulitiko and I think naging politician din sya once. di ko lang alam kung gano katagal, pero naging politician din siya,” Aquino said.
The NBI, AIDSOTF and PDEA had numerously tried to conduct an operation against the said Drug Queen but she may had been given a heads up by the ninja cops, making her elude the arrest.
“About 4-5 buildings ang iki-clear namin e so malaki ang area. That’s the reason why we ask for operational assistant sa PNP at NBI. But unfortunately, there was a leak. In short, may ahas sa mga operatives naming. I don’t know kung sino, but it turned out to be a negative operation,” Aquino said.
A UNTV source said the original ninja cops come from the then-Western Police District (WPD), which is now called the Manila Police District (MPD).
They were called ninja cops because the vehicles they were using then in conducting drug operations were Kawasaki Ninja motorcycles, which had become their trademark of sort.
The source also said that aside from recycling illegal drugs, these ninja cops are also involved in “tutok-kalawit”, “Hulidap”, and “Bangketa” o the dropping of illegal drug-related cases.
These ninja cops were able to thrive for a long time because they were being coddled by a general and other high-ranking officials of the PNP in the past.
Aquino said his team is in the process of completing their report on the said Drug Queen and the seven ninja cops which they will submit to President Duterte within this week. (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines — The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee announced on Friday (October 18) the first part of its investigation on the agaw-bato scheme against alleged ninja cops.
In the 39-page committee report, the Senate panel noted some irregularities in the conduct of the buy-bust operation by the 13 involved cops in November 2013.
The committee said the buy bust team headed by Major Rodney Baloyo failed to account all illegal drugs seized from the operation.
The Senate panel said the involved policemen also took several kilos from what they had actually seized.
All of these circumstances, the panel said, violated the provision of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 which face lifetime imprisonment apart from fines and dismissal from service.
The Committee also believes that former PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde benefited from the drug recycling scheme.
The report also cited Albayalde’s phone call to former CIDG Region 3 Deputy Director retired General Rudy Lacadin and PDEA chief Aaron Aquino to allegedly block the dismissal of the involved cops, was a clear violation of the law.
“Nakita ninyo talagang it’s a comedy of lies and errors. Hindi errors, sinasadya iyan,” said Blue Ribbon Committee chair Richard Gordon.
These findings prompted the committee in its report to recommend graft and corruption charges against Albayalde and the 13 cops.
“Lahat sila (All of them) – Albayalde, Baloyo, the other people in the group (who participated in the raid) are guilty. I’m not saying guilty of malfeasance. Mali ang ginawa nila (What they did was wrong,)” Gordon concluded. — MNP (with details from Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday once again warned so-called ninja cops who are involved in the recycling of seized illegal drugs.
Duterte believes criminals like drug pushers, holdappers, and ninja cops have the ‘monopoly of evil in this country’.
“Well, I think you are—that’s a very stupid paradigm because I can be evil like you, and more than, if I want to be,” he said during the 45th Business Conference and Expo in Manila on Thursday (October 17).
Malacañang also confirmed the President’s disappointment over the involvement of policemen in recycling seized illegal drugs
According to presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the President laments that despite the salary increase there are still anomalies being committed by some members of the PNP.
“He expressed disappointment over certain—[the] incident on the ninja cops. Sabi niya, dinagdagan na niya ang sweldo, dinoble na, pero parang hindi pa rin. Ayun, nangyari pa rin iyon, (He said he already increased their salary, even doubled it but it was not enough. There are still [anomalies] happening)” Panelo said during a press briefing on Thursday.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Wednesday (Oct. 16) requested the Department of Justice (DOJ) to give protection to the witnesses in the Agaw-Bato operations of the so-called “ninja cops”.
In a phone interview, Blue Ribbon Committee chairman Sen. Richard Gordon said they want to ensure that the testimonies of the witnesses are filed before the Court.
“[It] means that they will go to the court and they will execute an affidavit there. And in which case, if anything happens, hopefully not, that will be admissible in court,” Gordon added.
Among the witnesses that Gordon was referring to were the barangay officials that Johnson Lee sought help from when he was arrested in the police buy-bust operation in November 2010 in the province of Pampanga.
Other witnesses were the police personnel in Mexico, Pampanga, where the alleged cover-up took place when the barangay officials brought Lee to the station.
Lee reportedly paid P50-M to the police for his release.
After releasing Lee, the police arrested another Chinese suspect.
Gordon said they will leave it to the DOJ to determine whether these officers deserve to be under the government’s witness protection program (WPP).
The senator also said they will let Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, retired police Rudy Lacadin, and the other police officers decide if they want to undergo the said process.
Justice Sec. Guevarra said they shall await the Senate’s formal request before they set into action.
Meanwhile, Gordon said they will try their best to complete the committee report on their investigation on the said illegal operation in the police force.
The Blue Ribbon Committee chairman said that included in the report are the possible recommendations as to who must be held liable on the said illegal activity.
He stressed that resigned-Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde will still be facing charges relative to the said controversy.
“Tanungin ninyo ako kung pwede pa siyang kasuhan (Ask me if he can be charged). The answer is yes. Tanungin ninyo ko kung criminal. (Ask me if it’s a criminal [case]). The answer could be yes, kung may enough evidence kami (if we have enough evidence). And I think we do,” Gordon said. (from the report of Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf
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