The Department of Justice (DOJ) has found probable cause to indict former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde for graft over the drug raid conducted by 12 policemen in Pampanga in 2013.
In a resolution issued Thursday (January 16), DOJ prosecutors said Albayalde didn’t implement the order which sought to penalize the cops involved “in the questioned drug operation.”
Albayalde was chief of the Pampanga police when the operation was conducted.
Indicted along with Albayalde were the police officers who conducted the raid, led by Police Major Rodney Raymundo Louie Baloyo IV and 11 others. They will be charged with misappropriation of confiscated drugs, planting of evidence, delay and bungling in the prosecution of drugs cases, which are offenses under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Charges related to the planting of evidence, bungling of the prosecution of a drug case and qualified bribery will also be filed against the 12 police officers.
The findings against Albayalde and the Pampanga policemen will be endorsed to the Office of the Ombudsman, the DOJ said.
Government prosecutors conducted a reinvestigation of the complaint against the so called “ninja cops” following the Senate probe which exposed alleged anomalies in the operation.
During the hearings, former police general and now Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong accused Albayalde of intervening to stop the dismissal of Baloyo and his colleagues who were found guilty of grave misconduct in connection with the 2013 drug raid.
Fallout from the Senate probe prompted Albayalde to step in November 2019, less than a month after his mandatory retirement.
President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to appoint a Albayalde’s permanent replacement. The PNP is currently headed by an officer-in-charge, Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa.