Albayalde, 14 cops named by Magalong to face Senate blue ribbon

Published September 26, 2019, 10:14 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

The Senate blue ribbon committee will invite Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde and the police officers allegedly involved in the recycling of illegal drugs to its next hearing on the issues hounding the national penitentiary and police force.

Former PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director and Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde (MANILA BULLETIN)
Former PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director and Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde (MANILA BULLETIN)

But Senator Richard Gordon, blue ribbon committee chairman, on Thursday, clarified that Albayalde will be called to the Senate inquiry in his capacity as PNP chief, and not due to speculations tagging him in the recycling of confiscated illegal drugs.

“As PNP chief, he can be invited,” Gordon told reporters in an interview Thursday.

Gordon said the Senate inquiry on the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) controversy in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) has segued to the alleged involvement of policemen, or so-called “ninja cops”, in the illegal drug trade after the revelations of former PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director and Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong during an executive session last week.

The Senate recently agreed to disclose the contents of the closed-door meeting with Magalong, who earlier said that rogue cops had transacted with drug lords inside the NBP.

A copy of the transcript was handed over to Malacañang Wednesday night.

Gordon said Magalong named 14 policemen as allegedly having been involved in the “agaw-bato” scheme. Two or three of those identified are no longer in police service.

While he was hesitant to mention Albayalde, the senator said the former CIDG chief “directly” cited the 2014 controversial anti-illegal drug operation carried out by Pampanga police which resulted in Albayalde’s relief. The country’s top cop was Pampanga police provincial head at the time.

Gordon said that whether or not President Duterte makes public the involved policemen, the blue ribbon committee will report out the names mentioned in the executive session in its next hearing on October 1.

The 14 cops are also expected to appear in the Senate inquiry, he said.

Gordon, however, refused to confirm if Albayalde was among those listed ninja cops.

“If he is involved — because whoever it is, I will invite him if involved…It will be unfair for me to mention [names] and it will be a violation of ethics,” he told reporters, citing an agreement by senators.

Aside from Albayalde, another “senior officer” of the PNP is also being invited to shed light on the “agaw-bato” modus in 2014.

Gordon said the policeman, who is still active, will corroborate Magalong’s testimony.

“He will bolster or give additional names,” Gordon said.

 
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