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Guevarra assures due process after Senate panels recommend raps vs. Albayalde

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra gave his word that due process will be observed should former Philippine National Police (PNP) General Oscar Albayalde will be included in the complaint against the so-called 13 “ninja cops.”

The Secretary made the assurance after the Senate Blue Ribbon and and Justice and Human Rights committees released the report on the investigation conducted over the “ninja cops” controversy and recommended that Albayalde and the 13 “ninja cops” be charged with violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

“Needless to say, any new or additional respondent will be given sufficient opportunity to submit his counter-affidavit and other controverting evidence as part of procedural and substantive due process,” Guevarra said.

Meanwhile, a Department of Justice (DOJ) special panel of investigation has already begun the re-investigation of the complaint filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) against the 13 “ninja cops” including Police Major Rodney Baloyo IV.

On the other hand, Guevarra pointed out that the PNP-CIDG should be the one which include Albayalde in the complaint.

“The PNP/CIDG may amend its complaint so that the same may be covered in the ongoing DOJ reinvestigation,” he stated.

In its complaint, the PNP-CIDG accused the 13 alleged “ninja cops” of violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The 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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