‘Fast-track PNP investigation on ninja cops before you retire,’ Lacson advises Albayalde

Published October 4, 2019, 12:34 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Hannah Torregoza

Senator Panfilo Lacson urged on Friday Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde to finish the reinvestigation he plans to conduct on the 13 police officers, who were allegedly involved in the recycling of illegal drugs they confiscated in an anti-narcotics operation in Mexico, Pampanga in 2013 before he retires in November.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde; Senator Panfilo Lacson (AP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde; Senator Panfilo Lacson (AP / MANILA BULLETIN)

This way, Lacson said, Albayalde can remove perceptions that he was their protector and that he covered up for the grave misconduct they committed.

The Senate had cited in contempt P/Major Rodney Baloyo, team leader of the alleged “ninja cops”, for lying about the details of their November 29, 2013, anti-drug raid, and had him detained at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.

“The remaining 34 days is not too long to make amends. Ang unang dapat ipakita niya para mawala ang duda na ang kaso ni Baloyo ay meron siyang kinalaman sa pagtakip man lang (He should make efforts to remove perceptions that he intervened in Baloyo’s case,” Lacson said in an interview over DZMM Radio.

“Dapat kung pwedeng itong remaining 30-plus days ipakita niyang mabilis maresolba ang reinvestigation na sinasagawa (I hopethe remaining 30 plus days, he can show resolve this reinvestigation that would be done),” he stressed.

Besides, the former PNP chief said Albyalde no longer needed new evidence since all the details were already in the documents submitted to the committee.

“Madaling i-decide kung nagsisinungaling ba si Baloyo at totoo bang 10 a.m. athindi 4p.m.ang operation? Totoo bang ang mga SUVs ginawa ng deed of sale sa kanila? Totoo bang may perang nakuha roon? Totoo bang 200 kilos ang shabu? Nariyan na lahat ng documents, re-review-hin na lang eh (It’s easy to decide if Baloyo is lying and if indeed the anti-narcotics operations was conducted at 10 a.m. and not 4 p.m.? Is it true that the SUVs that had a deed of sale were theirs? Is it true that they were able to get money at the site? Was the amount of shabu confiscated were 200 kilos? All the documents are ready, he just needs to review it,)”  Lacson said.

The senator said it would be best if Albayalde can finish the reinvestigation quickly before he retired.

“At ang pinakamagandang pruweba para maipakita niyang talaganag  hindi niya pinoprotektahan sina Baloyo, madaliin niya bago siya mag-retire, (The best way to prove to show thathe is not protecting Baloyo and the other cops, is to quickly reinvestigateit before he retires),” he said.

“Madaliin niya ang pag review ng kaso at pag reinvestigate at bigyan ng karampatang parusa ang katulad sa binibay ng parusa sa original decision na dismissal at may criminal case na dapat harapin na talagang hinaharap nila, (He should rush the review of the case and reinvestigation and give the necessary punishment they deserve like what is stated in the original decision where they are facing dismissal and a criminal case they need to face),” the lawmaker pointed out.

But Lacson said the phone conversation Albayalde had with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino, as narrated by the latter, “may not be enough evidence to hold him liable, criminally or administratively.”

“There should be at least one corroborating evidence. It is not enough to connect him to the ‘ninja cops,” he said.

For his part, the lawmaker admitted that he was starting to have second thoughts. “I would say and I can speak for myself, doubt has started to set in at least on a possible cover-up attempt,” he said.

“The call made to Aquino as rectified was an apparent cover up attempt although not conclusive and not enough evidence to start an investigation against him,” he pointed out.