‘Ninja cops’ summoned

October 10, 2019

THIRTEEN alleged ninja cops have been subpoenaed to a hearing by the Department of Justice to answer reopened charges linking them to recycling of illegal drugs in 2013.

Summoned were:

Police Major Rodney Baloyo IV

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

PO3 Dante Dizon

The police officers were required to appear on October 16 before a newly-created Justice Department panel of prosecutors.

“You are hereby directed to appear for the reinvestigation...and to submit any additional evidence before us on October 16, 2019, at 10 in the morning at the DOJ,” said the summons.

Baloyo is still detained at the New Bilibid Prison after the Senate cited him in contempt.

The DOJ moved to reinvestigate Baloyo and his men as the Senate wrapped up its inquiry into allegations that they recycled seized drugs, which inadvertently put PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde in a bad light.

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.

Albayalde was then the Pampanga police provincial director and was relieved following the controversial raid.

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 officials.

Last September 19, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, former chief of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), revealed in a Senate executive session the names of the ninja cops.

Magalong added that a former police official of a Central Luzon province was relieved over drug links.

Albayalde had defended himself from insinuations he was involved with the “ninja cops”, decrying “internal politics.