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Pati si Bato pipirma! Tito Sotto expects senators’ unanimous approval of report recommending raps vs. Albayalde

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Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III expects all of his colleagues in the Senate to approve the committee report recommending the filing of criminal charges against former Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde over the so called “ninja cops” controversy.

In a radio interview Saturday (October 19), Sotto said the report of the Senate blue ribbon and justice committees will be made public in November.

“In my opinion [the approval will be] unanimous. It’s very accurate as far as the hearings were concerned. The committee report is a faithful reproduction of the hearing,” he said.

Asked if Dela Rosa, Albayalde’s “mistah” or batchmate at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) will sign the report, Sotto said he does not see any reason for the senator to refuse.

“Wala siyang sinasabing kontra. As long as it remains faithful to what transpired in the committee hearings, then it is a valid committee report. Kung mali, mali. Kung tama, tama,” he said.

Senator Richard Gordon, who chairs the Senate blue ribbon and justice committees, said Albayalde was “very liable” for graft in connection with the irregularities which marred the 2013 anti-narcotics operation in Pampanga, which was carried out by his subordinates.

Albayalde was the provincial police chief of Pampanga at the time of the operation.

The two Senate committees chaired by Gordon found Albayalde guilty of violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 by committing malfeasance by allegedly profiting from the shabu haul seized by his subordinates at the drug raid.

Asked if Albayalde should be meted out the penalty of life imprisonment, Gordon said: “Yes, for misappropriation of [seized illegal drugs] and for not reporting the [recovered illegal drugs].”

“Do I think he’s guilty? Yes,” the senator added.

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