Senator Richard Gordon will not clear Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde of any liability in the so called “ninja cops” controversy even if there’s no clear evidence linking him to the alleged irregularities committed by his subordinates in a 2013 anti-drug operation.
In an interview over dWIZ radio Saturday (October 5), Gordon said the Senate blue ribbon and justice committees which he chairs already have a preliminary report about its investigation on the alleged anomalies inside the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).
The inquiry has since branched out to include the supposed racket of “ninja cops” or policemen who recycle seized illegal drugs.
“Meron kaming preliminary na ginagawa kaya lang itong huli na lang itong ano. Lalabas kami tapos na si Baloyo lang ang nahuli. I can’t clear Albayalde. At this point I can’t clear him. I have to clear him with clear evidence,” Gordon said.
Albayalde allegedly intervened to stop the dismissal of Police Lieutenant Colonel Rodney Raymundo Louie Baloyo and 12 other policemen from Pampanga who were found guilty of grave misconduct in connection with a drug operation in the province in 2013.
The PNP chief was the provincial director of the Pampanga police at the time of the operation.
Gordon said that while there’s no evidence that Albayalde committed wrongdoing, he has a lot of explaining to do.
One of the issues which the senator said Albayalde must explain was his decision not to appeal his administrative relief following the controversial anti-drug operation.
“I’m not shutting the door whether he is guilty or not. At this point in his career he must be able to explain it. Masasayang naman ang kanyang career,” Gordon said.
The senator said the joint Senate committees which conducted the hearing might release the results of the probe on a staggered basis.
Gordon said the committees might come out with its findings on the alleged irregularities in the Good Conduct Time Allowance Law first, followed by the corruption inside Bureau of Corruptions and the “ninja cops” controversy last.