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Nasilaw sa P50M! ‘Ninja cops’ swap Chinese drug lord Johnson Lee for another man after ops- Magalong


Over a dozen police officers in Pampanga freed Chinese national Johnson Lee following his arrest in an anti-drug operation in 2013 because he paid them P50 million, retired police general Benjamin Magalong said.

At the continuation of the Senate hearing on the alleged corruption inside the Bureau of Corrections Tuesday (October 1), Magalong claimed police officers led by Superintendent Rodney Raymundo Baloyo IV presented another suspect to the media after the 2013 operations since Lee was already gone.

“Those who witnessed the turnover said:’ Sir, hindi naman ‘yan ‘yung nahuli’,” he said.

Magalong investigated the alleged anomalies in the 2013 Pampanga anti-drug operations as head of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

He said he was asked by then-PNP chief Alan Purisima to look into alleged irregularities in the police operation because of the information that the cops involved in it suddenly acquired sports utility vehicles.

Magalong said that in the course of their probe, the CIDG discovered that the police seized around 200 kilograms of shabu and not just 30 kilograms.

“Yung witnesses sabi sa sobrang dami ng shabu na nakumpiska, halos apat na tao ang nagbubuhat sa oversized na maleta. Pati ‘yung shabu tumutulo pa,” he said.

Magalong said then-Region 3 police director Raul Petrasanta ordered the relief after of PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde, who was then the Pampanga police chief, after getting wind of the CIDG’s findings.

Petrasanta also ordered an investigation to be conducted against Baloyo’s team.

Magalong said Petrasanta ordered the dismissal of Baloyo and 12 other “ninja cops” for grave misconduct but the order was not implemented.

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