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Bine-baby si Albayalde! Dick wants stiffer raps than graft for ex-PNP chief

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Senator Richard Gordon believes heavier charges should be filed against former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde over the “ninja cops” controversy involving policemen in Pampanga.

In a statement Saturday (January 18), Gordon said the Department of Justice (DOJ) will appear to be “mollycoddling” Albayalde if graft will be the only charge filed against him.

“It is a veritably a positive development that the DOJ recognized that Albayalde has done something wrong and wants to prosecute him. He is the first PNP official who has been charged and found guilty by the Blue Ribbon and now by the DOJ. Nevertheless, we feel that the charge is incommensurate with all the offenses he has done,” he said.

The DOJ recently found probable cause to charge Albayalde with graft over the controversial 2013 drug raid conducted by 12 Pampanga policemen.

Albayalde was the chief of the Pampanga police when the anti-drug operation happened.

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chaired by Gordon earlier recommended the filing of the following charges against Albayalde following the hearing on the “ninja cops” controversy: Violation of Republic Act 3019 Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act; Conspiracy to commit Section 27 (Misappropriation, Misapplication or Failure to Account Seized Drugs) under RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and violation of Article 208 of the Revised Penal Code.

Gordon said it was clear from the Senate hearings that Albayalde should be held accountable for the Pampanga policemen’s actions.

“We established during the hearing Albayalde’s acts of omission and commission which made him liable for the recommended charges,” he said.

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