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Atienza: ‘Ninja cops’ bound to use death penalty to threaten victims

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Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza on Saturday warned that the so-called extortionist “ninja cops” were sure to use the possible revival of the death penalty to threaten prospective victims to make them cough up money.

“These ‘ninja cops’ are bound to use the hazard of death sentences to threaten their victims of extortion, if and when Congress brings back capital punishment,” the congressman warned.

The criminal activities of “ninja cops” serve as one of the strongest arguments against the return of the death penalty, according to Atienza.

“Every citizen is vulnerable to potential drug evidence-planting and extortion by these police scalawags who are illegally hoarding seized drugs, and whose apparent sole motivation is to use their positions of authority to make money for themselves,” he said.

He said ninja cops have been flouting the 17-year-old law that requires all police units to get representatives of the media, the Department of Justice and at least one elected official to observe and verify the recording of illegal drugs seized from raids and buy-bust operations, over the weekend.

“These ‘ninja cops’ should be put on trial for brazenly defying the legal provisions that are there precisely to thwart the rampant recycling of confiscated drugs back into our streets, which has become a lucrative racket for crooks in the force,” Atienza said.

“These rotten officers have been operating above the law and have made a mockery of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, which mandates strict guidelines in the proper accounting, custody and disposition of impounded drugs,” the former mayor of Manila said.

Atienza cited Section 21 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, which provides that:

“The apprehending team having initial custody and control of the drugs shall, immediately after seizure and confiscation, physically inventory and photograph the same in the presence of the accused or the person/s from whom such items were confiscated and/or seized, or his/her representative or counsel, a representative from the media and the Department of Justice, and any elected public official who shall be required to sign the copies of the inventory and be given a copy thereof.”

Philippine National Police chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde has been embroiled in a drug scandal involving 13 of his men when he was Pampanga provincial police head.

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