PHILIPPINE National Police chief General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday directed the PNP Directorate for Investigation to lead the probe of the alleged ninja cops whose highly-irregular anti-narcotics operation in Pampanga City in 2013 cast aspersion on his integrity.
“I have directed the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management to take the lead in reviewing the administrative cases involving the so-called ninja cops in coordination with the PNP-Internal Affairs Service to initiate possible summary dismissal proceedings against these errant personnel,” the PNP chief said.
The PNP-DIDM is headed by Major General Elmo Francis O. Sarona, a lawyer-classmate of Gen. Albayalde from Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986.
According to the PNP chief, he also had ordered the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management headed by another lawyer-member of PMA Class 1986, Maj. Gen. Lyndon B. Cubos to ensure that all personnel involved will remain accounted for at the administrative and holding units to ensure their availability to face investigation.
“No stone will be left unturned and there will be no sacred cows in this investigation,” he gave the assurane even as he directed all concerned police units and personnel to fully cooperate with the Department of Justice and the Department of Interior and Local Government which have both launched their own investigation into the case.
The subject of the ongoing investigation are the 13 members of the Pampanga Police Provincial Intelligence Office then headed by Superintendent Rodney Baloyo who were accused of presenting only 38 kilograms out of the nearly 100 kilos of shabu they seized from a suspected Chinese drug lord Johnson Lee whom they reportedly freed in exchange for P50 million.
That controversy triggered the relief of then Pampanga police director, Senior Supt. Albayalde who had admitted he had called Police Regional Office 3 director, now Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chair Aaron N. Aquino to inquire on the status of the 13 policemen but denied trying to influence Aquino.