DILG probes Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’

Published October 6, 2019, 12:06 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Chito Chavez

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Sunday confirmed the agency has started the probe on the alleged involvement of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Oscar Albayalde and police officers on the alleged recycling of seized illegal drugs in police operations.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año (Photo from Philippine Information Agency / MANILA BULLETIN)
DILG Secretary Eduardo Año (Photo from Philippine Information Agency / MANILA BULLETIN)

Albayalde and 13 other police officers are now facing numerous Senate hearings for alleged reselling of illegal drugs back on the streets or erroneously using them to plant evidence to extort money from hapless victims.

During the Senate hearings, former police general and now Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) director-genetal Aaron Aquino have accused Albayalde of intervening in the sacking of his former men linked to the alleged recycling of seized illegal drugs when he was the Pampanga police provincial director in 2013.

Año said: “Even without the result of the Senate investigation committee, I already started the review of the case”.

He vowed to extensively review the case involving the so-called “ninja cops” including how Albayalde’s name cropped up during the Senate investigation.

Año said he will confer with National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) lawyers and DILG legal team to determine the status of the case.

To recall during the Senate hearing, Albayalde admitted asking then-PNP Region 3 Regional Director Aquino about the status of the case of the 13 cops.

However, Albayalde insisted there was never any intention to influence Aquino adding it is highly improbable for a lower classman in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) to make such request to an upper classman.

Año noted accusation against Albayalde does not necessarily mean that Duterte has already lost his trust and confidence in the PNP chief.

Being a lawyer, Duterte does not pass on judgment merely on accusations but based on concrete pieces of evidence, said Año.

Año explained the President is just waiting for the result of the Senate investigation which will be provided to him.

The DILG has vowed a fair, thorough and unbiased investigation on the allegations against Albayalde.

On Saturday, Malacañang announced the President will let Congress finish its own probe into the ninja cop case before deciding the fate of Albayalde and the other concerned parties.