‘Ninja cops’ probe pressed

October 16, 2019

THE Department of Justice  yesterday gave the Philippine National Police five more days to submit additional evidence for the reinvestigation of a dismissed complaint against the so-called ninja cops.

Police Major Rodney Baloyo IV, one of the 13 police officer-respondents, failed to attend the first day of preliminary investigation at the DOJ.

Baloyo, who is still detained at the New Bilibid Prison after the Senate cited him in contempt, instead sent his lawyer.

The panel set the next hearing on October 21.

Aside from Baloyo, also under investigation are Police Senior Inspector Joven Bognot Jr., Senior Police Officer I Jules Maniago, SPO1 Donald Roque, SPO1 Ronald Santos, SPO1 Rommel Vital, SPO1 Alcindor Tinio.

SPO1 Eligio Valeroso, Police Officer III (PO3) Dindo Dizon, PO3 Gilbert de Vera PO3 Encarnacion Guerrero Jr., PO2 Anthony Lacsamana, and PO3 Dante Dizon.

The DOJ moved to reinvestigate Baloyo and his men as the Senate wrapped up its inquiry into allegations that they recycled seized drugs.

Baloyo and his men were accused of carting away a huge amount of cash and P650 million worth of shabu from a suspected drug trafficker in a raid in Mexico, Pampanga in 2013.

The police officers involved were ordered dismissed in 2014 after they were accused of recycling the drugs, but were later demoted after filing an appeal in March 2016.

Senators questioned the reduction of the penalty, noting that there were aggravating circumstances in the case involving the police officers.