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Walang atrasan! DOJ to endorse filing of graft raps vs. Albayalde to Ombudsman

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) is ready to file a graft case against retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde before the Office of the Ombudsman, said Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete on Friday (Jan. 17).

“The indorsement has already been approved by the PG (Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento),” the DOJ spokesman said.

On the other hand, Perete said that Albayalde’s co-respondents will be charged separately before the regional trial court (RTC).

“Most likely, they will be charged separately before the RTC by our prosecutors as they are not among those individuals over whom the Sandigabayan has jurisdiction,” he said.

Recently, a DOJ panel of prosecutors issued a resolution which found probable cause to indict Albayalde with graft concerning his involvement with the so-called “ninja cops” in the questionable 2013 drug operation in Mexico, Pampanga.

“The Panel anchored its finding on Albayalde’s non-implementation of an Order which sought to penalize the police officers involved in the questioned drug operations,” the DOJ said.

Aside from Albayalde, the DOJ likewise found probable cause to indict P/Supt. Rodney Raymundo Louie Juico Baloyo IV; P/Insp. Joven Bagnot De Guzman, Jr.; SPO1 Jules Lacap Maniago; SPOI Donald Castro Roque; SPO1 Ronald Bayas Santos, SPO1 Rommel Muñoz Vital; SPO1 Alcindor Mangiduyos Tinio; PO3 Dindo Singian Dizon; PO3 Gilbert Angeles De Vera; PO3 Romeo Encarnacio Guerrero, Jr.; SPO1 Eligio Dayos Valeroso; and SPO1 Dante Mercado Dizon for, among others, the following offenses:

1. Misappropriation, misapplication or failure to account for the confiscated, seized and/or surrendered dangerous drugs, defined and penalized under Section 27, Article II, of R.A. No. 9165;
2. Planting of evidence, defined and penalized under Sec. 29, Article II, likewise of R.A. No. 9165;
3. Delay and bungling in the prosecution of drugs cases, defined and penalized under Sec. 92, Article XI of R.A. No. 9165;
4. Qualified bribery under the Revised Penal Code; and
5. Causing any undue injury to any party, including the government, defined and penalized under Section 3(e) of R.A. No. 3019.

According to the DOJ, Baloyo and his co-respondents allegedly misappropriated drugs when they declared that only 36.60 kg of shabu was seized during their operations, while the subsequent police investigation indicated that about 200 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride was actually recovered.

The group likewise declared that the cash they obtained from the operation was only P300, 000, while evidence indicated that said amount could reached P10,000,000.00.

Prosecutors added that the respondents also illegally arrested one Ding Wenkun instead of Johnson Lee from whom they seized the drugs

Furthermore, the DOJ found probable cause to indict Baloyo with the crimes of planting of evidence, bungling of the prosecution of a drug case, and qualified bribery.

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