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DOJ exec wants Magalong to testify in fresh probe on ‘ninja cops’

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Retired police general and now Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong should include his testimony in the re-investigation being conducted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) against the 13 so-called “ninja cops,” said Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete on Tuesday (Oct. 8).

“He should be part of the complaint or he may even want to testify himself,” Perete said during a television interview over ANC.

“He has made a lot of revelations during the course of the Senate investigation and we imagined that he’d have the wherewithal to identify these individuals and help us locate these individuals for the purpose of the preliminary investigation,” he explained.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday (Oct. 7) ordered the reinvestiigation of the dismissed criminal complaint against Police Major Rodney Baloyo and 12 other alleged “ninja cops.”

Guevarra has issued Department Order No. 528 which ordered a panel of prosecutors to conduct the reinvestigation of the case which was dismissed back in 2017.

The dismissed case was filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) when it was still headed by Magalong accused the policemen of violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The case stemmed from the 2013 illegal drugs operations in Pampanga.

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

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