House panel to avoid ‘duplicate’ probe on ninja cops

Published October 11, 2019, 6:40 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Ellson Quismorio

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee’s counterpart in the House of Representatives isn’t keen on carrying out a “duplicate” inquiry on the ninja cops controversy in the Lower Chamber.

House of the Representatives (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN / FILE PHOTO)
House of the Representatives (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN / FILE PHOTO)

According to Bulacan 1st district Rep. Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado, Blue Ribbon panel chairman, Senator Richard Gordon is already doing a fine job on the Senate investigation regarding police officers linked to the illegal drug trade.

“Hindi po kasi namin ini-encourage dito sa Blue Ribbon Committee ng House of Representatives na mag-duplicate o maggayahan lang kami ng Senado o mag-ulitan. Kasi ayaw po namin sayangin yung ibinibigay po sa amin na pagkakataon ng mamamayan na gumawa ng mabuti na pagbabago para sa kanilang ikabubuhay,” Sy-Alvarado said.

(Here in the Blue Ribbon Committee of the House of Representatives, we don’t encourage the conduct of inquiries that are a duplicate, copy, or repetition of what was done in the Senate. We don’t want to waste the opportunity given to us by the people to do things that would change their lives for the better.)

Sy-Alvarado chairs the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability in the current 18th Congress.

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee–along with the Justice Committee–has already held nine public hearings on the ninja cops issue, which originally began as a probe on he alleged misapplication of the good conduct time allowance or GCTA rule in the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

The hearings in the Upper Chamber have continued despite the current recess in the bicameral legislature.

Sy-Alvarado did open the door slightly for a House inquiry on the ninja cops, wherein no less than Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, General Oscar Albayalde has been implicated.

However, the Bulacan congressman appears to be content already with what he has seen in the Senate.

“Kung nakikita po natin na kulang pa yung ginagawang imbestigasyon ng Senado, na nakikita naman natin sa liderato ng Blue Ribbon sa Senado na si Senator Gordon ay maganda naman yung daloy ng imbestigasyon. Siguro po ay hindi na kakailanganin.”

(In case the Senate investigation leaves something to be desired, but based on what we’ve seen with the leadership of the Senate Blue Ribbon panel under Senator Gordon, the flow of the investigation is quite good. So we might not need a House probe.)

Sy-Alvarado went on to assure the public that his own Good Government and Public Accountability would only tackle topics that are worth their while and that the resulting pieces of legislation from such inquiries would actually benefit the public.

“Sana po lahat ng tatalakayin ng Blue Ribbon Committee ng House of Representatives ay maging kapaki-pakinabang, hindi lang makapagpakitang-gilas kami sa harap ng ating mamamayan (We hope that everything that will be discussed by the Blue Ribbon Committee of the House of Representatives would be beneficial, and not be hinged on merely showing off to the people),” he said.

Earlier, Senior Deputy Minority Leader and Iloilo 1st district Rep. Janette Garin said that the ninja cops issue would be a “good issue to look into” by the House once it resumes sessions next month.