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Walang sabit! Dick: Senate panels won’t recommend raps vs. Magalong, Lacadin

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The Senate blue ribbon and justice committees will not recommend charges against the two retired generals who implicated Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde in the so called “ninja cops” controversy, Senator Richard Gordon said Saturday (October 12).

In an interview over dwIZ radio, Gordon said Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong and former Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) deputy director for operations Rudy Lacadin are immune because they gave privileged information to senators ahead of the public hearings conducted by the Senate committees.

“Usually privileged info ‘yan. Pag nag-present ka sa Senado, hindi basta-basta makakasuhan ‘yan,” he said.

While the information shared by Magalong and Lacadin has since been made public, Gordon said it couldn’t be used to charge them.

“Kahit na hindi public ‘yun, kailangan ‘yun dahil nag-iimbestiga ang Senado,” he said.

It was Magalong who told senators that Albayalde allegedly stopped the implementation of the dismissal order against the 13 “ninja cops” when he was the Metro Manila police chief.

Meanwhile, Lacadin claimed Albayalde told him that he only got a small portion from the drug haul seized by the 13 policemen.

Gordon has said that the Senate committees will recommend charges against Albayalde in its report, based on the testimonies of Magalong and Lacadin.

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