By DARWIN PESCO
October 09, 2019
President Rodrigo Duterte will name the two “ninja” colonels allegedly involved in the recycling of confiscated illegal drugs after the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) have finished their investigation, Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said on Tuesday.
“Papangalanan po ng Pangulo ang dalawang colonel na sinasabing ‘ninja cops.’ Hintayin po natin ang resulta ng imbestigasyon ng DILG at DoJ. Managot [ang] dapat managot (The President will name the two colonel who are allegedly ninja cops. Let’s wait for the result of the investigation of DILG and DoJ. The guilty has to answer for their misdoings),” he said in a statement.
“Para sa akin ang ganda na ng takbo ng kapulisan natin. Naibalik na ang tiwala at respeto ng mga tao. Huwag po sanang sayangin (The police force is doing good. It has restored the trust and respect of the people, let us not waste it),” he added.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday said it would file cases against the two colonels once the President disclosed their names.
Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, PNP spokesman, said the PNP would validate the information and investigate the two officers.
In his arrival speech from Russia on Sunday, the President clarified the two police officials who were “playing drugs” were not generals, but colonels.
Go said the President was carefully choosing who would replace PNP chief Oscar Albayalde, who will retire in November.
“Pinagpipilian pa ng Pangulo kung sino po ang makakapagdala at makakapagpatuloy ng reporma ng PNP (The President is choosing from among those who could continue the reforms within PNP),” the senator said.
Go pointed out that the PNP should continue its “internal cleansing” to further boost the administration’s campaign against corruption inside the agency.
“Medyo crucial ang next chief PNP. Ayaw naming ma-demoralize ang mga pulis. Tuluy tuloy ang internal cleansing at ang respeto ng mga tao ay naibalik na sa kanila. Suportado namin sila. Mahihirapan po tayo sa kampanya natin laban sa ilegal droga at kriminalidad kung wala sila (The next PNP chief is crucial. We do not want our police force demoralized. The internal cleansing will continue as the trust and respect of the people to the police has been restored. It is difficult to implement the anti-drug campaign and the fight against criminality without them),” the senator said.
This developed as 12 of the 13 alleged ninja cops, who reportedly took part in the drug raid in Pampanga, were taken to Camp Crame in Quezon City for investigation.
The policemen are being investigated by the DILG and their cases are being reviewed by the DoJ.
The policemen — Senior Insp. Joven de Guzman; Senior Police Officers 1 Jules Maniago, Donald Roque, Ronald Santos, Rommel Vital, Alcindor Tinio and Eligio Valeroso; Police Officers (PO) 3 Dindo Dizon, Gilbert de Vera, Romeo Guerrero Jr and Dante Dizon; and PO2 Anthony Lacsamana — were former personnel of Albayalde when he was the Pampanga police director. The 13th policeman — Lt. Col. Rodney Raymundo Louie Baloyo, former Pampanga police chief of intelligence — was detained at the New Bilibid Prison for evading questions during a Senate hearing.
The 13 policemen were involved in a drug raid in Pampanga in 2013, wherein 160 kilos of shabu were allegedly seized, but only a portion of the drugs was presented as evidence by the police.
With a reports from JAVIER JOE ISMAEL
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