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‘Di ko bata sina Baloyo! Albayalde close ties with ‘ninja cops’

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Philippine National Police chief Police General Oscar Albayalde denied Wednesday (October 9) that Major Rodney Baloyo IV and 12 other police officials involved in a supposedly highly irregular drug raid in 2013 were his “bata” or loyal men.

Reading a prepared statement at the resumption of the Senate blue ribbon and justice committees’ hearings on the so called “ninja cops,” Albayalde said Baloyo and the other police officers were already in Pampanga when he was appointed head of the provincial police in May 2013.

“When I was assigned in Pampanga wala akong bitbit (na tao). Just to make things clear kasi parang may notion na bitbit ko ang mga tao na ito from the very beginning,” he said.

“Bata is a general term used sa mga tao. Kapag sinabing batang sarado ‘yan ay bitbit ko from the very beginning,” the PNP chief added.

Albayalde said he would have wanted Supt. Raquel Liggayu as the Pampanga police’s intelligence chief but Baloyo already held the post.

He also said that the 13 Pampanga police officers were not his “bata.”

In a previous hearing, former Central Luzon police chief Aaron Aquino recalled Albayalde asking him not to implement the dismissal order against the 13 Pampanga policemen because they were his “men,” with the PNP chief supposedly saying, “mga tao ko sila.”

The 13 Pampanga policemen were ordered dismissed after being found guilty of grave misconduct in connection with the anti-drug operation conducted in the province in 2013.

However, they were only demoted by one rank, supposedly as a result of Albayalde’s intervention.

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