PNP-CIDG includes Albayalde in ‘ninja cops’ complaint
Robie de Guzman • October 21, 2019 • 367
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) has included former PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde as a respondent in the criminal complaints in relation to the controversial 2013 Pampanga operations.
The PNP-CIDG on Monday filed an amendment to its original complaint to include Albayalde in the charges against Pampanga police officers who were tagged in the ‘ninja cops’ issue.
The amended complaint filed in the Department of Justice (DOJ) has added a case for violation of Section 92 of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, graft, qualified bribery, falsification of public documents and dereliction of duty.
When sought for comment, Albayalde said he welcomes his inclusion in the complaint.
“At least I will be accorded due process on this,” the former PNP chief told reporters.
Albayalde is the 14th respondent in the complaint against the team of police officers led by Major Rodney Baloyo who were accused of planting evidence and recycling of illegal drugs confiscated from an operation in Mexico, Pampanga.
Albayalde, who was then the head of Pampanga provincial police, was accused of intervening in the case of the said cops.
The original charges against the 13 policemen were dismissed but the DOJ reopened the investigation following a Senate inquiry on the controversial operation.
Albayalde last week relinquished his post as PNP chief amid the controversy and went on a non-duty status weeks before his supposed retirement on November 8. – RRD (with details from Correspondent April Cenedoza)
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday destroyed more than 50 seized “video karera” machines at Camp Crame as part of its campaign against illegal gambling.
PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) chief Ronald Lee said the machines were confiscated from a four-day operation in the cities of Caloocan, Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa and Pasay.
The machines were destroyed using a mallet.
Lee said the 24 civilians arrested during the operations will face illegal gambling charges. Policemen caught being lax in curbing illegal operations in their areas will also be charged.
“May mga kinasuhan kaming sibilyan, mga operator, may cashier na nahuli at kinasuhan din namin yung mga PCP commanders,” he said in a press briefing.
PNP Deputy Chief for Operations Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, meanwhile, stressed the one-strike policy being imposed on police officials regarding the agency’s crackdown against illegal gambling.
“Pag nag-operate ang IMEG o even itong mga units ng higher headquarters, relieved kaagad yun. So, dalawa o tatlo na PCP at chief of police ang relieve. ‘Pag tatlong chief of police ay pwede nang i-relieve yung provincial director o district director and so on and so forth,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
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