Minasahe ni Albayalde! Aquino asked not to dismiss Pampanga ‘ninja cops’- Dick
Then- National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Oscar Albayalde asked erstwhile Philippine National Police Central Luzon regional director Aaron Aquino not to sign the dismissal order for the 13 Pampanga police officers who were involved in a questionable drug operation in 2013.
This was what Aquino, now the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief, told Senators Richard Gordon and Franklin Drilon before the Senate hearing Tuesday (October 1) on the so called “ninja cops” allegedly involved in recycling illegal drugs.
Gordon shared what Aquino told him and Drilon as he expressed dismay with the PDEA chief for watering down his statement at Tuesday’s hearing.
During the hearing, Aquino said Albayalde merely called him up to ask about the status of the dismissal order against the 13 policemen, who were his subordinates as provincial director of the Pampanga police at the time of the anti-drug operation.
“I’m really disappointed kay Aquino. Eto ha, kasama ko si Senator Drilon nung sinabi niya ‘yan. Na tinawagan sya ni Albayalde para itigil… ‘wag niya na pirmahan ‘yung order,” Gordon said.
“‘Yun nga kinausap siya ni Albayalde para ‘wag ilabas ‘yung decision,” he added.
In a separate interview, Drilon confirmed Gordon’s recollection of Aquino’s statement and said the PDEA chief was more “forthright” in detailing Albayalde’s intervention during his meeting with them.
“I’m sorry I could not recall the exact words. Pero ang nakiusap na huwag muna i-implement is something in substance that I remember to be the narration of General Aquino of his telephone conversation with General Albayalde,” Drilon said.
Then-Central Luzon regional police director Raul Petrasanta ordered the dismissal of the 13 Pampanga policemen after an investigation showed irregularities in the conduct of the anti-drug operation involving a Chinese drug trader in 2013.
The police officers reportedly declared only 30 kilos of shabu when over 200 kilos were seized. They also allegedly freed the Chinese national arrested in the operation and presented another suspect to the media.
The dismissal order, however, was not implemented and the police officers were only demoted by one rank.