Charge ninja cops, Albayalde — Gordon

Richard Gordon

SENATOR Richard Gordon yesterday released his Blue Ribbon committee findings in its investigation into ninja cops.

Gordon said the probe findings pointed to the liability of the 13 police officers accused of recycling drugs as well as resigned Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde.

Albayalde is “very liable” for graft in connection with the irregularities in the November 2013 police anti-drug operation in Pampanga, this was contained in the committee report drafted by Gordon on the Senate investigation into drug recycling involving some police officers.

“He is liable for anti-graft and that would be up to Ombudsman or DOJ (Department of Justice)… by reason of his seniority, his moral superiority, his competence,” Gordon said.

“Hindi naman siya aabot ng general kung wala siyang alam. I think he is very liable,” he added.

The senator said that Albayalde may be charged with violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for calling Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquino, who was then Region 3 police director, and former Criminal Investigation and Detection Group deputy chief Rudy Lacadin, regarding the fate of the policemen involved in the operation.

He said Albayalde, who was director of Pampanga Police Provincial Office at the time of the questioned drug operation, allegedly tried to influence the two officials, “constituting a violation of rules and regulations.”

He also said that Albayalde should have checked on his men while the raid was being carried out, checked on the suspects arrested as well as the address and the owner of the house raided, and demanded a detailed report rather than the pro-forma one.

“He believed solely in (Police Major Rodney) Baloyo IV’s report,” he said.

The police officers led by Baloyo conducted a buy-bust operation on November 29, 2013 in Woodbridge Subdivision, Lakeshore View, Pampanga. The police report showed that the operation was conducted at 4 p.m. but an investigation by the CIDG found out that it was actually done at 10 in the morning.

Aside from Baloyo, others involved in the controversial buy-bust operation were:

Senior Inspector Joven de Guzman Jr.;

Senior Police Officer 1 Jules Maniago;

Senior Police Officer 1 Donald Roque;

Senior Police Officer 1 Ronald Santos;

Senior Police Officer 1 Rommel Vital;

Senor Police Officer 1 Alcindor Tinio;

Senior Police Officer 1 Eligio Valeroso;

Police Officer 3 Dindo Dizon;

Police Officer 3 Gilbert De Vera;

Police Officer 3 Romeo Guerrero Jr.;

Police Officer 3 Dante Dizon; and

Police Officer 2 Anthony Lacsamana

The 13 were members of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Force of the Pampanga Provincial Police Office.

The police officers reported they only seized 36 kilograms of shabu but CIDG investigation found out that some 200 kilograms of shabu were actually confiscated.

They also presented in a press conference a certain Ding Wenkun and identified him as the alleged owner of the place and the confiscated shabu. Charges against Wenkun, however, were later dismissed.

DOJ probe

Jystice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday said that the Senate Blue Ribbon committee report on the so-called ninja cops will be used in the Justice Department’s reinvestigation into the alleged recycling of illegal drugs by law enforcement officials.

“I’m sure senator Gordon’s committee will furnish the DOJ a copy of its report. This report will surely be useful in the reinvestigation of the alleged drug recycling/ninja cops case currently being conducted by the DOJ. Any relevant evidence presented during the senate hearings may be adopted or presented by any interested party during the DOJ reinvestigation,” Guevarra said in a message.

With Hector Lawas