DOJ gives CIDG more time to submit evidence vs. 13 ‘ninja cops’
The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday (Oct. 16) granted the request of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) to submit more evidence against Police Major Rodney Baloyo and 12 other alleged “ninja cops”.
“The panel rules to give complainant CIDG the period of five days or until October 21, 2019 to submit those additional evidence, if any, and to file a supplemental or amended complaint, if they intend to do so, within the same period of five days,” said Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Alexander Suarez, who chairs the special panel of prosecutor’s conducting the re-investigation of the complaint against the “ninja cops.”
The panel begun on Wednesday the hearings concerning the re-investigation of the case.
All 13 respondents in the case were present during the proceedings except for Baloyo who remains detained at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City after being cited for contempt by the Senate blue ribbon committee conducting the investigation against the “ninja cops.”
The respondents were represented by lawyer Donnie Ray Muli except for SPO1 Eligio Dayos Valeroso, SPO1 Alcindor Mangiduyos Tinio, and PO2 Anthony Loleng Lacsamana who wanted to have separate lawyers.
During the proceedings, the panel also granted the request of three respondents to submit additional evidence for their defense this October 21.
The case which was filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) 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.