DOJ indicts Albayalde for graft over âninja copsâ
The DOJ recommended the filing of charges against former police chief Oscar Albayalde.

DOJ indicts Albayalde for graft over ‘ninja cops’

Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) - January 17, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday recommended the indictment of former Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde for graft in connection with the alleged recycling of 200 kilos of shabu in 2013.

Twelve other police officials and personnel were also found to have violated the law against illegal drugs during the re-investigation of the case involving the so-called “ninja cops.”

The DOJ recommended the filing of charges against Albayalde for “persuading, inducing or influencing public officers to perform an act constituting a violation of rules and regulations” related to their duties and for “causing any undue injury to any party, including the government.”  

The DOJ panel anchored its finding on Albayalde’s non-implementation of an order that sought to penalize the police officers involved in the drug operation.

The panel’s findings would be endorsed to the Office of the Ombudsman, the DOJ said. 

Only 12 of 14 respondents tagged as “ninja cops” were found to have violated provisions on illegal drug operations. They are Police Supt. Rodney Raymundo Louie Juico Baloyo IV, 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.

The complaints against two other police officers were dismissed for insufficient evidence.

Asked why Albayalde was spared in the drug charges, DOJ Undersecretary Markk Perete said the panel “found that the acts attributed to Albayalde happened after the conduct of the anti-illegal drug operations of the group.”

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