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Sino si Satanas? De Lima prays PNP ‘be exorcised of demons’ after Albayalde is dragged in ‘ninja cops’’ scandal

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Senator Leila De Lima said Friday (October 4) she is praying for the Philippine National Police (PNP) to “be exorcised of its demons” as PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde faces allegations of protecting so called “ninja cops.”

In a statement, De Lima said she is praying that good men in PNP will prevail.

“I pray also for P/DG Albayalde and the PNP as an institution, that it be exorcised of its demons, particularly the propensity of misguided elements to summarily execute hapless drug suspects and other malpractices or nefarious activities, such as ‘agaw bato’, planting of evidence, extortion, torture and CIDG’s (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) shameless cooking up of dubious charges against the opposition and other critics in pursuit of this regime’s agenda to stifle dissent,” she said.

De Lima, who is detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame for drug trafficking charges, said she is also praying for Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquino and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

Aquino and Magalong testified that Albayalde intervened to stop the dismissal of 13 policemen who were found guilty of gross misconduct in connection with an anti-drug operation in Pampanga in 2013.

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

De Lima said Aquino’s admission that Albayalde called him up as Central Luzon regional police director in 2016 to stop the dismissal of the 13 poliemen showed “truth cannot have two contrasting faces.”

“One cannot and should not be wavering, if he or she has or knows the truth,” she said.

Aquino initially said Albayalde only called him up to ask for the status of the dismissal order against the 13 policemen.

De Lima, however, said Aquino must not be judged right away for flip-flopping because he “must have reasons for his initial tentative stance.”

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