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Party pooper! ‘Ninja cops’ scandal casts shadow over Albayalde’s retirement

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Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde is facing a major controversy barely two months before he retires.

As top brass of the PNP and Armed Forces descend on the Philippine Military Academy for Albayalde’s testimonial parade Saturday (September 28), the PNP chief has to contend with the allegation that some policemen are involved in “recycling” or reselling seized illegal drugs.

The PNP has confirmed that Albayalde will attend the Senate joint committee hearing on October 1 to explain the controversy on the so called “ninja cops.”

Observers and journalists covering Albayalde’s testimonial parade, or ceremony honoring the retiring alumni’s achievements, are expected to be on the lookout for any mention of the latest issue he is facing.

Albayalde was dragged into the Senate’s investigation into the corruption within the Bureau of Corrections after senators invited former police general and now Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

Behind closed doors, Magalong testified that some policemen were involved in the “agaw bato” modus involving reselling of drugs seized during law enforcement operations.

Albayalde was administratively relieved in 2014 when he was the director of the Pampanga police district over an alleged irregularity surrounding police operations against a suspected drug dealer in the town of Mexico.

Senator Richard Gordon, chair of the Senate Blue Ribbon and justice committees, hinted that the past incident involving Albayalde might be brought up during the next hearing.

Without spilling the beans on the Pampanga incident, Gordon said the investigation about a supposed drug recycling controversy was halted by a certain “bossing.”

“Prinenohan, hindi pa ininplement ‘yung dismissal, dinemote lang nang konti. Prinomote sa magandang posisyon,” he said. “Dapat tanggal lahat, dinemote lang nang konti.”

Gordon added: “Alam naman niyo yung Pampanga incident diba? Tingnan niyo na lang kung saan napunta yung mga tao doon.”

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