Who are ninja cops?

September 29, 2019
Richard Gordon
Richard Gordon

SENATE Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman Richard Gordon yesterday confirmed that they will let President Rodrigo Duterte release information on the so-called ninja cops or policemen involved in recycling seized illegal drugs ahead of the resumption of his panel’s investigation into the matter.

But Gordon said they will “definitely” divulge information on the ninja cops in their hearing on Tuesday.

“Tungkulin ng Senado ‘yan bilang a co-equal branch of government, ‘yung pagrespeto sa Pangulo dahil siya ang nangangasiwa. ‘Yan ang centerpiece ng administration niya, mawala ‘yung drug war, mawala ‘yung drugs at corruption,” Gordon said.

“We are giving him the opportunity to show his leadership and say, o eto ginagawa nila ‘yan, mag-resign na kayo. Palagay ko naman gagawin ng Presidente ‘yung tama e. I hope he does,” he added.

The Senate earlier authorized the blue ribbon and justice committees to make public the information divulged by Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, former chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police, during an executive session last week which discussed policemen allegedly involved in drug recycling.

He also confirmed that PNP chief Police Genearl Oscar Albayalde and the alleged ninja cops have already been invited to attend the hearing on Tuesday.

“Magkakaroon tayo ng ilang subpoena sa ilang mga generals ng pulis para magbigay liwanag sa mga nangyayari. Wala pa naman tayong sinasabing guilty na or anything by that. Nag-iimbestiga pa lang tayo,” he said.

Gordon, however, could not say yet whether Albayalde is one of those policemen whom Magalong divulged as being involved in drug recycling.

“Maaaring siya ay tinukoy, maaaring siya ay hindi tinutukoy. Hindi ko pa sasabihin ‘yun dahil wala pa akong naririnig sa Pangulo,” he said.

“Pero kapag wala pa sa Tuesday ‘yan, magkakalabasan na ‘yan. Inimbitahan ko si Albayalde dahil nag-iingay na siya. Kung gusto niya magsalita dahil siya ang PNP, e ‘di magsalita siya as PNP chief,” he added.