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.
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.
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)
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 – Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) director general Aaron Aquino admitted on Monday that drug recycling remains rampant in the Philippines amid the government’s ongoing war against illegal drugs.
Aquino made the admission when he faced senators to defend PDEA’s proposed P2.497-billion budget for 2020.
The PDEA chief said unscrupulous agents of the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies are commonly involved in drug recycling.
“Ang usual na nagiging modus when they seized drugs maybe half of that will be surrendered yun ang ipalalabas nila na yun lang ang na seized nila. The other ones are being kept for future operations or the worst of it is they sell the drugs,” Aquino said.
“Pwedeng pang-plant sir or all other kinds of preparations,” he further stated in response to Senator Panfilo Lacson’s question on whether these illegal drugs are also used in planting evidence in anti-drug operations.
Aquino also revealed they are currently pursuing a female drug lord who has been buying confiscated drugs from government agents.
“Mayroon tayong drug queen dito sa Manila na ginagawa lang ay bumibili ng drugs coming from law enforcement agencies… ‘Pag pumunta ka doon… nagbebenta ka kahit 10 to 20 kilo benta mo, no questions asked bibilhin nila kahit magkano presyo,” he said.
He, however, refused to name the said female drug lord.
“I-neutralize muna naming ang drug queen na ito,” he said.
Following Aquino’s revelation, Lacson said the use of body cameras during anti-drug operations should become mandatory to prevent such incidents.
“When you join the operation at hindi nag-function ang body cam, dapat may automatic sanction, medyo puro alibi ang technical problem,” he said.
Aquino also said that high-profile drug convicts inside the national penitentiary are still involved in illegal drug trading.
“Mayroon kaming taped conversation with a drug lord inside the Bucor, by kilo sir, initially sir she is asking if how much is 10 kilos at sabi ng drug lord, he can give it at P1.3 million per kilo,” he said.
Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has urged Aquino to present a detailed report and evidence to support his claims.
“Mahirap ‘yung puro lang tayo can door wala tayong leg to stand sa ganung accusation. Sana mayroon kang report para masabi natin sino yang pulis na nagre-recycle para I will call the attention of the chief PNP,” he said.
Meanwhile, PDEA also raised concern over the P22 billion worth of confiscated illegal drugs that are yet to be destroyed as these are still being used as court evidence.
Lacson said they will invite Supreme Court officials to the next hearing on Monday to discuss the matter.
“We will plead with the Supreme Court to put down judges who refuse to abide by the law that within 72 hours kailangan masira na ang mga drugs na na-confiscate,” he said. RRD (with details from Correspondent Grace Casin)
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