MANILA, Philippines — The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee announced on Friday (October 18) the first part of its investigation on the agaw-bato scheme against alleged ninja cops.
In the 39-page committee report, the Senate panel noted some irregularities in the conduct of the buy-bust operation by the 13 involved cops in November 2013.
The committee said the buy bust team headed by Major Rodney Baloyo failed to account all illegal drugs seized from the operation.
The Senate panel said the involved policemen also took several kilos from what they had actually seized.
All of these circumstances, the panel said, violated the provision of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 which face lifetime imprisonment apart from fines and dismissal from service.
The Committee also believes that former PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde benefited from the drug recycling scheme.
The report also cited Albayalde’s phone call to former CIDG Region 3 Deputy Director retired General Rudy Lacadin and PDEA chief Aaron Aquino to allegedly block the dismissal of the involved cops, was a clear violation of the law.
“Nakita ninyo talagang it’s a comedy of lies and errors. Hindi errors, sinasadya iyan,” said Blue Ribbon Committee chair Richard Gordon.
These findings prompted the committee in its report to recommend graft and corruption charges against Albayalde and the 13 cops.
“Lahat sila (All of them) – Albayalde, Baloyo, the other people in the group (who participated in the raid) are guilty. I’m not saying guilty of malfeasance. Mali ang ginawa nila (What they did was wrong,)” Gordon concluded. — MNP (with details from Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has recommended the filing of charges against former Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde and 12 so-called ninja cops over the 2013 drug raid in Pampanga.
The DOJ has found probable cause to indict Albayalde and 12 others for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
In a statement on Thursday (January 16), the DOJ maintained that the said personalities are in “violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for persuading, inducing or influencing another public officer to perform an act constituting a violation of rules and regulations in connection with the official duties of the latter, and for causing any undue injury to any party, including the government.”
Albayalde, however, has been cleared of other charges, such as misappropriating confiscated drugs, falsifying public documents, and failure to prosecute police officers.
The 12 cops, on the other hand, will also be indicted for other charges including bribery, planting of evidence, as well as delay and bungling in the prosecution of drug cases.
The 12 police officers are Police Lt. Col. Rodney Raymundo Louie Juico Baloyo IV, Police Lt. Joven Bagnot De Guzman, Jr., Police Master Sgts. Jules Lacap Maniago, Donald Castro Roque, Ronald Bayas Santos, Rommel Muñoz Vital, Alcindor Mangiduyos Tinio, Eligio Dayos Valeroso, Dante Mercado Dizon; Police Staff Sgts. Dindo Singian Dizon, Gilbert Angeles De Vera, and Romeo Encarnacio Guerrero Jr.
The said officers were allegedly involved in seizing 200 kilos of illegal drugs during an anti-drug operation in Mexico, Pampanga in 2013.
In a statement, Albayalde welcomed the development and is confident that the truth will still prevail.
“I welcome this development as the chance to once and for all clear my name in the proper forum. Finally, I will have my day in court,” he said. “My conscience remains clear, and I am confident that the truth will bear me out in the end.”—AAC
The Fourth Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey (SWS) found that 78% of Filipinos believe there are ninja cops in the police force.
The survey was conducted from December 13-16, 2019 where 1,200 adults, ages 18 years old and above, were interviewed nationwide.
“78% of Filipino adults believe the accusation that there are ‘ninja cops’ among members of the police force. Seven percent do not believe the accusation, while 15% are undecided about the matter,” the survey reads.
Meanwhile, 23% of Filipinos say there are very many ‘ninja cops’ in the police force, 44% somewhat many, 28% a little, and 3% almost none.
The term ‘ninja cops’ was first heard when 13 cops reportedly recycled illegal drugs confiscated from an operation in Mexico, Pampanga. The issue also tagged former PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde.
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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