Umaksyon na habang maaga! Dick asks DOJ: Preserve testimonies of witnesses vs. ‘ninja cops’
Senator Richard Gordon has asked Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to get and keep the testimonies of witnesses against the 13 so called “ninja cops” in Pampanga who were allegedly involved in recycling seized illegal drugs as safeguard if anything untoward happens to them.
In a phone interview Wednesday (October 16), Gordon said “perpetuating” the testimonies of police officers and barangay officials who first arrested alleged drug lord Johnson Lee will make them admissible in court.
“I just spoke with Secretary Menardo (Guevarra) of DOJ and I asked him…I want their testimonies perpetuated kung sakaling (may mangyari sa kanila). It means that they will go to the court and give their affidavit there and if anything happens, hopefully not, that will be admissible in court,” he said.
The senator, who chairs the Senate blue ribbon committee, said “perpetuating” the witnesses’ testimony is “extraordinary diligence” since their lives coould be in danger.
“It is almost like a mafia story, ‘di ba? Tetepokin mo ang testigo e ‘di mawawala na ang cover-up o tatakutin,” he said.
Gordon said the three policemen from Mexico, Pampanga and the barangay officials could bolster the belief there was cover up in the 2013 anti-drug operation which involved the so called “ninja cops.”
Lee, who was arrested at the raid, was reportedly released by the police in exchange for P50 million.