Senate defers to Duterte on ‘ninja cops’ case

Published September 29, 2019, 3:15 PM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By Hannah Torregoza

Sen. Richard Gordon on Sunday said the Senate will let President Duterte release the information on the so-called “ninja cops” ahead of the joint committee hearing on the recycling of seized illegal drugs on Tuesday.

Senator Richard Gordon gestures as he presides the hearing of the Blue Ribbon committee on the nabbed P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China, at the Senate of the Philippines in Pasay on Monday. (JAY GANZON / Manila Bulletin)
Senator Richard Gordon (JAY GANZON / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Gordon, who chairs the committees on justice and human rights and blue ribbon committee, said the panels will definitely reveal the information on the policemen involved in drug recycling, but they are letting the President take his turn first.

“As a co-equal branch of government, the Senate has the duty to respect the President is the one administering the war on drugs,” Gordon said in an interview over GMANews TV.

“That’s the centerpiece of his administration, to remove the drug war, to eradicate drugs and corruption,” he pointed out.

“We are giving him the opportunity to show his leadership and say, this is what they are doing. All of you should resign. I think the President will do the right thing. I hope he does,” Gordon said.

The Senate earlier authorized Gordon’s panel to make public the information disclosed by Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong in an executive session, where he divulged the list of policemen involved in drug recycling.

Magalong is former chief of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

Gordon said they have invited the alleged policemen in question to the hearing. Also invited were National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Major General Guillermo Eleazar and PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde.

 
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