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Resolution out soon as DOJ ends preliminary probe of raps vs. Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) ended on Monday (Nov. 18) its preliminary investigation over the criminal complaint against retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde concerning his involvement with “ninja cops.”

“We conclude already the preliminary investigation of this case,” said Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Alexander Suarez who chairs the special panel of prosecutors who conducted the preliminary investigation of the complaint.

With the conclusion of the preliminary investigation, Suarez assured that the panel will release the preliminary investigation as soon as possible.

“We cannot give you a specific period when it will be resolved but definitely a resolution would be forthcoming as soon as possible,” he said.

During the hearing on Monday, Albayalde and his co-respondents filed their respective rejoinders which insisted on the dismissal of the complaint which was filed by the PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).

In its amended complaint pending before the panel, the PNP-CIDG included Albayalde whom it accused of graft, falsification by public officer, negligence and tolerance, and for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The case stemmed from the 2013 illegal drugs operations in Mexico, Pampanga.

During the operation, the policemen involved had allegedly kept 160 kilos of shabu as well as got P50 million and a sports utility vehicle (SUV) in exchange for the release of alleged foreign drug lord Johnson Lee.

Albayalde was the PNP Pampanga’s regional director at that time.

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