PNP-CIDG includes Albayalde in ‘ninja cops’ complaint

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2019   •   367

FILE PHOTO: PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde

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.

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee in its report earlier recommended the filing of charges against Albayalde and 13 cops.

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)

PNP to begin crackdown after receiving list of illegal gambling operators

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 19, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to begin crackdown operations after receiving the list of illegal gambling operators.

PGen. Archie Gamboa said the list is now in the hands of the regional directors and the PNP is already in the process of launching police operations.

Gamboa also said that police commanders will be relieved from office if they fail to accomplish their responsibilities.

“In the next few months, heads will roll if you don’t follow my instruction no-take and you’re not doing anything to stop illegal gambling,” he said.

Last week, the PNP Chief already relieved several local police officials for not curbing illegal gambling in their assigned areas.

They include 10 precinct and station commanders as well as chiefs of police in Metro Manila. —AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Espenido to face probe for speaking out on drug list inclusion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 19, 2020

Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will conduct an investigation on Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido for speaking out on his inclusion in the drug watchlist.

PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa said that he will handle the issue internally.

“Leave it to us. It’s purely an internal issue. I will deal with Espenido squarely as the Chief PNP and he being a member of the PNP,” he said.

Gamboa said that the PNP has a general instruction to over 300 policemen included in the narco list to remain mum on the issue especially when the adjudication process is still ongoing.

Espenido, on Tuesday (February 18), denied his involvement in drugs and said that there was a failure in the intel on the drug watchlist.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PNP destroys over 50 seized video karera machines

Robie de Guzman   •   February 18, 2020

The Regional Director of NCRPO, PMGEN DEBOLD M SINAS leads the destruction of the seized video karera machines at Police Station 10, Kamuning, Quezon City. (NCRPO PIO)

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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