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Going by evidence: Guevarra backs CIDG’s inclusion of Albayalde in ‘ninja cops” rap sheet

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra believes the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation Group (PNP-CIDG) has reason to include former PNP general Oscar Albayalde in the complaint against the 13 “ninja cops.”

Last Monday (Oct. 21), the PNP-CIDG submitted before a special panel of prosecutors conducting a preliminary investigation an amended complaint against 13 “ninja cops” and includes Albayalde as a respondent.

Guevarra said the inclusion of Albayalde is “a reflection of their assessment that general Albayalde may be held criminally liable for the acts or omissions alleged in the complaint.”

“For its part, the DOJ will conduct a fair and thorough investigation of the old and new charges and will afford general Albayalde his right to due process.”

In its amended complaint, the PNP-CIDG accused Albayalde of graft, falsification by public officer, negligence and tolerance, and for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The case stemmed from the 2013 illegal drugs operations in Mexico, 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.

Albayalde was the PNP Pampanga’s regional director at that time.

“Instead of conducting an investigation over his personnel he (Albayalde) rather recommended the personnel involved for the issuance of award. The raiding team admitted to be reporting to the then PD Albayalde about the operation during the Senate hearing. After the operation several security guards of the Woodbridge Subdivision and Barangay Officials testified to have witnesses the seizure of the black Toyota Fortuner and the large quantity of shabu but failed to declared the said Fortuner and only a small portion of the large quantity of shabu was declared,” the amended referral complaint read.

“General Albayalde even attempted to persuade or influence Former Regional Director of Police Regional Office 3 Police Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino in implementing the decision of the administrative charges against the group of PSupt. Reymond Baloyo. Furthermore, General Albayalde even called the former Deputy Director for Operation of CIDG, Police Chief Superintendent Rudy Lacadin to influence the latter in the validation process over the matter being conducted by the CIDG,” it added.

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