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Take 2! CIDG admits filing weak case vs. ‘ninja cops’ in 2017

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The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) admitted it cannot blame government prosecutors when they dismissed in 2017 the criminal complaint Police Major Rodney Baloyo and the 12 other “ninja cops.”

“Wala talgaang direct evidence na meron ganitong bribe o meron talaga ganitong unaccounted shabu,” said PNP-CIDG legal division chief Police Lt. Col. Joseph Orsos.

The case which was dismissed in 2017 by the panel of prosecutors handling the case at that time accused the 13 so-called “ninja cops” of violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The complaint which was filed by the PNP-CIDG stemmed from the 2013 illegal drugs operations in Pampanga.

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

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has already ordered the conduct of a re-investigation of the case to be made by a new special panel of prosecutors.

“So we have to pick up the pieces talaga kung ano nangyari noon at gawin na lang kung ano yung tama,” Orsos said.

Orsos disclosed that the PNP-CIDG intends to submit as additional evidence the transcript of the senate investigation made against the “ninja cops.”

“maraming revelation dun. So we need those records,” he said.

“There are witnesses who retracted but when comes to the senate hearing iba na naman stand nila kaya importante yung nasa senate hearing,” he explained.

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