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Albayalde insists on dismissal of criminal raps against him: Wala akong ginawang masama!

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Retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde has prodded the special panel of prosecutors to dismiss the complaint against him concerning his involvement with the “ninja cops” who conducted the anomalous 2013 drug sting in Mexico, Pampanga.

In a rejoinder he filed on Monday (Nov. 18), Albayalde stressed that the “allegations do not point to any criminal act or omission.”

The complaint was filed by the PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) which accused Albayalde of graft, falsification by public officer, negligence and tolerance, and for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The case stemmed from the 2013 anti-illegal drugs operations in Mexico, Pampanga that was conducted by the so-called “ninja cops” led by Police Maj. Rodney Baloyo IV.

During the operation, the policemen involved had allegedly kept 160 kilos of shabu as well as got P50 million and a sports utility vehicle (SUV) in exchange for the release of alleged foreign drug lord Johnson Lee.

Albayalde was the PNP Pampanga’s regional director at that time.

“My being PNP Acting Provincial Director during the time of the alleged operation is not a crime in itself or any element thereof,” Albayalde pointed out in his rejoinder.

When he made the report about the operation at that time, Albayalde recounted that he had “no reason to doubt the truthfulness of Police Superintendent Baloyo’s account of the events, based in the presumption that official duty has been regularly performed, and the fact that as then-Acting Provincial Director, I had to rely to a reasonable extent on my subordinates and in their good faith in preparing official documents.”

“In this instance, Complainant fails to even allege, much less prove, the positive duty supposedly required of me as then Acting Provincial Director to ‘seek due diligence’ or to ‘investigate the said raid’,” he said.

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