Retired Gen. Lacadin: Albayalde benefitted from 2013 Pampanga drug raid

Freema Gloria   •   October 9, 2019   •   638

Retired General Rudy Lacadin

Another former Philippine National Police (PNP) official has testified against PNP Chief Pgen. Oscar Albayalde, as the senate resumed its probe on ninja cops today.

Retired General Rudy Lacadin revealed that Albayalde told him about personally gaining from the 2013 drug raid in Mexico, Pampanga.

“He said, I don’t know if he was joking, ‘Actually, Sir, konti lang naman ang napunta sa akin dyan’,” Lacadin stated.

The PNP chief, however, strongly denied Lacadin’s allegation, saying the former officials are seemingly working together to conspire against him.

“Hindi ko alam kung ano against niya sa akin. Kung sinabi ko yan, sabihin ko uli, why was I not charged?” retorted the Police general.

Yet, Lacadin asserted that he does not have a personal reason to discredit Albayalde.

Ex-PNP Chief General Alan Purisima, on his part, said Albayalde was not charged then because there was no evidence against him.

Due to Lacadin’s disclosure, former CIDG Director and now Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong concluded that Albayalde is lying.

“Someone is lying. It is not Gen. Lacadin. It is not the police officers. Someone here is lying. Siya po,” Magalong said, referring to Albayalde.

To stand his ground, Albayalde reiterated no lawsuit was filed against him.

He added that he was only relieved from his position as the chief of Pampanga Police to give way to the authorities’ investigation on the said controversial drug raid. (from the report of April Cenedoza)

CIDG ready to arrest Trillanes, 10 others unless they post bail

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 14, 2020

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said they are ready to arrest former Senator Antontio Trillanes IV and 10 others over conspiracy to commit sedition if they will not post bail.

“Unless they post bail, the accused will be arrested. But they are expected to post bail,” according to CIDG National Capital Region Chief PCol. Tom Ibay.

The Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 138 has already released a warrant of arrest against Trillanes, Peter Joemel ‘Bikoy’ Advincula, and nine others.

Ibay said they are still waiting for the copy of the warrant before taking any action and in case they were not able to post bail.

The accused were charged due to the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video that aimed to discredit President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

Meanwhile, Trillanes said he will post bail next week when he returns to the Philippines. The former senator also said he is ready to face any complaints filed against him.

“I am out of the country as of the moment for a series of engagements. But I intend to post bail once I arrive in Manila late next week. I will face this case just as I have faced all the other harassment cases Duterte’s minions have filed against me,” he said in a statement.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Baguio LGU mulls raps vs judge who allegedly interfered in drunk taxi driver’s arrest

Robie de Guzman   •   January 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The city government of Baguio on Friday said it is mulling over the possibility of filing administrative charges against a local judge who allegedly interfered in the arrest of a drunk taxi driver for purportedly attacking a police officer.

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said they are studying lodging complaints against the judge, identified as Judge Roberto Mabalot of the Municipal Trial Court, Benguet Branch 1.

Magalong said a report forwarded to him by the Baguio City Police showed that Mabalot allegedly intimidated and shouted at police officers on duty to secure the immediate release of the taxi driver, identified as Jone Buclay.

“According sa report na binigay sa akin ng ating City Director na si Col. Allen Co, talagang nakialam si Judge Mabalot, in fact he acted like a private lawyer,” he said.

“The way it was explained to me, very intimidating siya and outright nailabas niya agad ung lasing na driver at naiparelease pa niya yung taxi,” he added.

On Tuesday, December 31, 2019, an internet user posted a dashcam video showing a police officer, identified as Patrolman Julius Walang designated at the Baguio City Traffic Enforcement Unit, almost run over as he tried to stop a cab driver who committed a traffic violation.

Walang accosted the cabbie and tried to issue a citation ticket for causing traffic along Abanao Street in Baguio City. But instead of stopping, the taxi moved towards the police officer who had to cling onto the cab’s hood to prevent him from fleeing.

Buclay was later on brought to the police station and determined to be under the influence of alcohol.

During Buclay’s detention, police officers on duty claimed that Judge Mabalot suddenly entered the police station and scolded them for detaining the cab driver for a traffic violation that only carries a fine as penalty.

A CCTV footage also captured Judge Mabalot arriving at the police station around 9:25 in the morning and exiting with the taxi driver in tow several minutes later.

“He was lawyering for the accused and, of course, naintimidate po ung ating mga kapulisan doon and from his own words sabi niya ay ‘fine’ lang kasi ang aanuhin,” Baguio City Police director Col. Allen Rae Co said.

“Ipinakita po ng ating kapulisan sa kanya yung positive result po nung alcohol breath test at umamin po ung tao (taxi driver) mismo na nakainom siya,” he added.

It was later learned that Buclay works for a taxi company allegedly operated by a relative of Judge Mabalot.

In a message to Magalong, the judge insists that he did not interfere with the case, and that he only acted on a request he received to check up on the taxi driver for an alleged violation of reckless driving.

“I declare that I did not at all interfere. The police will confirm this fact,” he said, adding that he only told cops that they cannot detain the driver as the penalty for reckless driving is only a fine.

He, however, did not state in his message on whether he was aware that the taxi driver had tried to run over a traffic law enforcer.

The Supreme Court’s Office of the Court Administrator (OCA), which supervises all judges and court personnel in the country, earlier said it is now checking the case.

“We would like to get all available information before we require the concerned judge to comment,” Supreme Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez said.

Police said it will file multiple complaints against the taxi driver, including direct assault upon an agent of authority, resisting arrest and attempted homicide. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Grace Doctolero)

No PNP Chief yet? Duterte threatens to take over

Marje Pelayo   •   November 29, 2019

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) and former National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde (R) during the 117th Philippine National Police (PNP) police service anniversary in Quezon city, Philippines, 08 August 2018. EPA-EFE/STR

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has not decided yet as to who will assume the position vacated by former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, retired General Oscar Albayalde.

The President said he is carefully assessing the credentials of potential candidates to head the country’s main law enforcement arm.

Without an honest, corruption-free man to assume the job, the Chief Executive hinted on taking over the PNP.

“Ang akin, (for me) if they have even a single case of corruption, wala na, (it’s a no), you’re out,” the President warned.

“I would rather not appoint anybody for that matter. Ako na ang hahawak noon (I will take over). I will be the one directing the guidance and direction,” he added.

The President previously said he wants to be conscientious in choosing the next chief of the national police following controversies that tainted the credibility of Albayalde in relation to his alleged involvement with the so-called ninja cops or drug recycling issue that compelled him to resign.

President Duterte acknowledged, meanwhile, that there are a lot of things within the PNP that needs improvement and overhaul.

“But verily itong pulis maraming problema, pati generals nila kasali sa droga (Verily I say these policemen are the problems themselves, even their generals are involved in drugs),” the Chief Executive noted.

“Iyan ang ayaw ko diyan, pati generals. Hindi lumabas iyan hanggang hindi ako naging president (That’s what I hate, that even the generals [are involved]. Not until I became president that this was exposed),” he added. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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