DOJ to reopen ‘ninja cops’ investigation

first_imgFormer policeofficial and now Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said he got a whiff of theallegedly anomalous anti-drug operation after getting word that several officers,including now Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde,started buying new SUVs. “Nakahanda ang PNP na humarap sa anumang posibleng pagdinig o imbestigasyon na gagawinupang bigyan ng linaw ang ulat na may tow pang heneral ang nananatiling may kaugnayan sa iligal na droga,” itsaid in a statement. The Department of Justice considers suspending the processing of inmates’ good conduct time allowance grants amid uproar from majority of Filipinos. DOJ.GOV.PH “In light ofnew evidence unfolding and in the interest of justice, DOJ will reopen the caseof Baloyo, et al. and will create a new panel of state prosecutors to conductreinvestigation,” he said. MANILA – TheDepartment of Justice (DOJ) will reopen its investigation into the case of theso-called “ninja cops” or policemen who recycle confiscated narcotics, itschief Menardo Guevarra said Sunday. The drugs wereseized in an anti-narcotics operation on alleged Chinese drug lord Johnson Lee. “Both sideswill be given ample opportunity to present additional evidence. We shall try toresolve in a month’s time, considering that this automatic review has beenpending since 2017,” Guevarra said. “Ang lahat ng lalabag sa batas ay dapatmapanagot at hindi natin hahayaan na manatili ang mga tiwaling pulis sa atinghanay,” it added.center_img Albayalde wasthe provincial chief of the Pampanga police when the drug sting happened in2013. Guevarra wasreferring to the previous investigation on a team of Pampanga police officersled by then Superintendent Rodney Baloyo that allegedly made off with some 160kilograms of shabu worth around P648 million. A new panel ofstate prosecutors will be formed to reinvestigate the issue, Guevarra said. The policeforce, meanwhile, welcomed the reopening of the investigation and vowed that itis working to cleanse its ranks of crooked policemen. PresidentRodrigo Duterte earlier ordered the Department of the Interior and LocalGovernment (DILG) to investigate the allegation against Albayalde and theso-called “ninja cops.” The PNP isunder the supervision of the DILG. (ABS-CBNNews/PN)last_img

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