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Guevarra: Senate blue ribbon panel report will bolster case vs. ‘ninja cops’

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra believes the Senate report will help secure an indictment against Police Major Rodney Baloyo and 12 other alleged “ninja cops” involved in the anomalous 2013 drug sting in Mexico, Pampanga.

Guevarra has already ordered the re-investigation of the dismissed complaint against the 13 policemen after the 2013 drug sting underwent the spotlight during the Senate inquiry on “ninja cops” conducted by blue ribbon committee of Senator Richard Gordon.

“This report will surely be useful in the reinvestigation of the alleged drug recycling/ninja cops case currently being conducted by the DOJ,” the Secretarty said.

“Any relevant evidence presented during the senate hearings may be adopted or presented by any interested party during the DOJ reinvestigation,” he added.

Meanwhile, Guevarra expressed confidence that the Senate report will provide the Department of Justice (DOJ) a copy of the report concerning the blue ribbon committee’s investigation over the “ninja cops” issue.

“I’m sure senator Gordon’s committee will furnish the DOJ a copy of its report,” the Secretary said.

The case undergoing re-investigation at the DOJ was filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) which accused the 13 alleged “ninja cops” of violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The PNP-CIDG’s complaint 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.

The PNP-CIDG filed a petition for review for the complaint after it got dismissed back in 2017.

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