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Na-‘ninja’ na ang droga! Retired general squeals, says Albayalde’s men doctored report on 2013 ops

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A retired police official confirmed Thursday (October 3) the statement of Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong Jr. that the 13 cops who took part in an anti-drug operation in Pampanga in 2013 declared a smaller amount of illegal drugs than what they had seized.

Retired Police General Manuel Gaerlan, former deputy regional director for operations in Pampanga, revealed how Police Lieutenant Colonel Rodney Raymundo Louie Baloyo doctored the report on the anti-drug operation in Mexico town at the resumption of the Senate hearing on the alleged irregularities inside the Bureau of Corrections.

Gaerlan was tasked to investigate how Baloyo and his men conducted the anti-drug operations.

Baloyo, who led the team which conducted the operations, said during the hearing that they conducted the anti-drug operations at 4:30 p.m. of November 29, 2013 after receiving information about a Chinese drug trafficker from a tipster two hours prior.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, however, quizzed Baloyo on how he and his men could have verified the tip they received, got P100,000 worth of marked money and conducted surveillance operations on the drug den within two hours, as stated in the report.

Gaerlan chimed in and said: “Kasinungalingan po ang spot report to cover up what really happened nung umaga. Alas diyes nila nang umaga pinasok [ang drug den].”

“Nung una, tuwang-tuwa po kami. It is not every day we are able to confiscate 36 kilos of illegal drugs. Later on, nalaman po namin ‘yung irregularities. Hindi lang po 36 kilos, kung hindi 200 kilos,” he added.

Gaerlan said Baloyo also conducted the anti-drug operations without a search warrant and clearance from higher authorities.

PNP chief Police General Oscar Albayalde was the provincial director of the Pampanga police at the time the anti-drug operation was conducted.

Baloyo and 12 of his men were ordered dismissed in 2014 for grave misconduct over alleged irregularities in the anti-drug operations but it was never implemented.

They were instead demoted by only one rank, a slap on the wrist which some believe was a result of Albayalde’s intervention.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquino confirmed during the hearing that Albayalde called him up in 2016 to ask that he does not implement the dismissal order against Baloyo and the 12 other members of his team.

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