THE Department of Justice will transmit to the Office of the Ombudsman before the end of the month its recommendation to charge retired police chief Oscar Albayalde and 12 other police officers for graft over their alleged involvement in the sale of recycled drugs last 2013.
“We will definitely submit the endorsement this month,” Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento said in a message to reporters.
“It’s their option whether they can adopt (the DOJ findings) or conduct their own,” he continued.
The Office of the Ombudsman has primary jurisdiction over crimes falling under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Sandiganbayan.
Under Republic Act 10660, the Sandiganbayan has exclusive original jurisdiction in cases involving PNP officers occupying the position of provincial director and holding the rank of senior superintendent and higher.
The DOJ recently found probable cause against Albayalde and other respondents during reinvestigation conducted by a panel of prosecutors into the complaints filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).
In its resolution, the DOJ found probable cause to charge Albayalde with violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for allegedly persuading, inducing or influencing another public officer to perform an act constituting a violation of rules and regulations
The DOJ anchored its finding on Albayalde’s non-implementation of an order which sought to penalize the police officers involved in the questioned drug operation in Mexico, Pampanga on November 29, 2013.
Apart from Albayalde, the DOJ found probable cause to indict P/Supt. Rodney Raymundo Louie Juico Baloyo IV; P/Insp. Joven Bagnot De Guzman, Jr.; SPO1 Jules Lacap Maniago; SPOI Donald Castro Roque; SPO1 Ronald Bayas Santos, SPO1 Rommel Muñoz Vital; SPO1 Alcindor Mangiduyos Tinio; PO3 Dindo Singian Dizon; PO3 Gilbert Angeles De Vera; PO3 Romeo Encarnacio Guerrero, Jr.; SPO1 Eligio Dayos Valeroso; and SPO1 Dante Mercado Dizon for, among others.