PDEA chief retracts, says Albayalde asked him not to enforce order vs 13 ‘ninja cops’

Robie de Guzman   •   October 4, 2019   •   662

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino has admitted that Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde had asked him not to enforce the dismissal order against 13 Pampanga policemen who were tagged as ‘ninja cops.’

Aquino earlier said in a previous Senate hearing that Albayalde called him in 2016 to ask about the status of the case against the cops.

The 13 cops were ordered dismissed for their alleged involvement in a controversial anti-drug operation.

Albayalde, who was then the head of Pampanga provincial police, was relieved from his post for command responsibility.

In a hearing Thursday, the PDEA chief claimed that in the same phone conversation, Albayalde requested him not to implement the order.

“General Albayalde called me up to know that status of the case of (Police Supt. Rodney) Baloyo and others, it’s the truth. He also added during the same request and I quote: ‘Sir, baka puwede niyo munang hindi i-implement ang order.’ Then I asked him, ‘Bakit Oca?’ Where he answered ‘Kasi mga tao ko sila,’” Aquino said.

The dismissal order for the 13 alleged ‘ninja cops’ were issued on Nov. 14, 2014 but it was only in March 2016 that the accused received a copy of the order and were able to file for a motion for reconsideration.

A decision partially granting the cops’ plea was issued in Oct. 17, 2017.

Albayalde, however, denied Aquino’s claim and maintained that he only asked for the status and did not intervene in the case.

He also expressed willingness to reopen the investigation on the case.

“You cannot implement a dismissal while the MR is ongoing. That’s basic,” he said.

“Walang nag-iba sa desisyon. That call for the status is pretty normal,” he added.

In response to Albayalde’s denial Aquino said, “Maybe, he cannot recall what he said. Pero ‘yun ang nare-recall ko na nasabi niya sa akin.”

Following his revelation on ‘ninja cops’ issue, Aquino told the Senate panel he has been receiving death threats targeting his family.

“I was thinking of my family who is now put in much deeper danger. A few days ago, I received a phone call from my friend who confirmed that some personalities are plotting against my family,” he said.

Former Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief and now Baguio City Mayor Benajmin Magalong also previously revealed he has been getting death threats after he named several cops allegedly engaging in the scheme of recycling or reselling illegal drugs seized during operation.

“His family is in danger so ganun din ang nangyayari sa akin ngayon. Kung ano ang nangyayari kay General Magalong ganun din nangyayari sa akin,” Aquino said.

Among those tagged as ‘ninja cops’ were Baloyo, Senior Insp. Joven de Guzman, Senior Police Officers 1 Jules Maniago, Donaldo Roque, Rommel Vital, Ronald Santos, Eligio Valeroso, Alcindor Tinio, Police Officers 3 Romeo Guerrero Jr., Dante Dizon, Dindo Dizon, Gilbert de Vera and Police Officer 2 Anthony Lacsamana.

The 13 police officers are currently on floating status. – RRD (with details from Correspondent April Cenedoza)

PDEA arrests party drugs supplier in Quezon City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A narcotics supplier was arrested by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in a buy-bust operation in Quezon City.

Authorities identified the suspect as Jhun Cabaya alias Sky High who was arrested for selling “party drugs.”

They also seized from the suspect 23 pieces of ecstacy tablet worth P39,100; twenty-five pieces of Flyhigh capsules worth P42,500; and 300ml of liquid ecstacy worth P90,000; a cellular phone and the buy-bust money.

Cabaya reportedly operate in several areas in Quezon City and Pasig City.

According to PDEA, Cabaya is facing charges for violation of Section 5 and Section 11 of Republic Act 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 for selling and possessing illegal drugs. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

2 Chinese claimants of P1.6-B shabu shipment arrested in Nueva Ecija

Maris Federez   •   October 31, 2020

Crystallized methamphetamine or shabu, with a street value of P1.632-billion

MANILA, Philippines — Two Chinese nationals who were the alleged claimants of a cargo containing crystallized methamphetamine or shabu, with a street value of P1.632-billion were apprehended by the operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Bureau of Customs-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (BOC-NAIA), the NAIA-Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG), and local police.

The Chinese nationals were nabbed in Sumacap Sur, Cabanatuan City at around 11:30 PM on Friday, October 30, in a joint controlled delivery operations conducted by the BOC-NAIA, PDEA, and NAIA-IADITG.

Alleged claimants of shabu shipment

The BOC said, that based on records, the subject cargo was declared as workbench tables, shipped by a certain Ywlee 87 Trading of Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, and consigned to a certain company “Allejam International Trading” from the City of Manila.

The cargo arrived at the PAL PSI Warehouse on October 24, 2020.

Thru the vigilance and intensified surveillance of B0C-NAIA frontliners and its close coordination with PDEA, the misdeclared cargo was identified and subjected to X-ray Scanning and 100% Physical Examination.  Found were heavily wrapped 240 plastic packs of shabu.

BOC-NAIA said that it has formally turned over the seized illegal drugs to PDEA for further profiling and case build up against the importers and other responsible persons, and inquest of apprehended claimants for violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to Section 1401 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act. — /mbmf

‘Ecstasy’ pills worth P750K seized in Pasay City

Robie de Guzman   •   October 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Another parcel containing ecstasy tablets was intercepted by authorities, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Friday.

The BOC said its operatives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), together with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agencyand NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group seized the package containing over 196 pieces of ecstasy tablets and 151 grams of Methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) power or raw ecstasy at the Central Mail Exchange Center.

The BOC said the parcel, which was sent by a certain Jansen J.J.K from Amersfoot, Netherlands, was declared as key chain intended for Cebu City.

When subjected to 100% physical examination, the package was found to contain ecstasy drugs in pills and powder/crystal forms with aggregate street value of P750,000.

PDEA Chemical Laboratory results confirmed that tablets and the crystallized substance contains MDMA or ecstasy/molly.

The illegal drugs are now in the custody of PDEA for further investigation and institution of inquest proceedings for violation of the Republic Act 9165 also known as Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act in relation to Section 1401 (Unlawful Importation) of the Republic Act 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

Since January 2020, the BOC said the Port of NAIA in partnership with PDEA and NAIA-IADITG already intercepted 41 different shipments of illegal drugs with a total value of P83.6 Million of the anti-illegal drugs. Thirteen shipments of which contained Ecstasy worth P40.4 Million.

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