Ombudsman urged: Do own probe on 'ninja cops'

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 07 2019 05:09 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman, the lead government instrumentality that investigates offenses committed by public officers with salary grade 27 and above, should investigate the so-called ninja cops that resell drugs seized in anti-narcotics operations, Senator Richard Gordon said Monday.

Gordon is chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee investigating 13 former Pampanga cops implicated in a botched operation against an alleged bigtime Chinese drug distributor in November 2013 that resulted in the alleged pilfering of around 160 kilos of “shabu.” 

The probe also covers their superior at the time (provincial director) and now national police chief General Oscar Albayalde. 

"I know our investigation has been in public. Wala kami tinatago. I think it’s a very good investigation. I think, sa tingin ko, everything is under oath. Ang sa tingin ko dapat kinukuha na ng Ombudsman yung sinasabi d'yan para ma-file-an na ng kaso," he said.

The 13 policemen named by retired police Major General Benjamin Magalong are: 

  1. Lt. Col. Rodney Raymundo Louie Baloyo
  2.  Capt. Joven de Guzman, Jr.
  3. Master Sergeant Jules Lacap Maniago
  4. Master Sergeant Donald Castro Roque
  5. Master Sergeant Ronald Bayas Santos
  6. Master Sergeant Rommel Munoz Vital
  7. Master Sergeant Alcindor Mangiduyos Tinio
  8. Master Sergeant Dante Mercado Dizon
  9. Master Sergeant Eligio Dayos Valeroso
  10. Staff Sergeant Dindo Singian Dizon
  11. Staff Sergeant Gilbert Angeles de Vera
  12. Staff Sergeant Romeo Encarnacion Guerrero
  13. Police Corporal Anthony Loleng Lacsamana

Albayalde and his 13 former subordinates faced administrative charges in connection with the anti-narcotics operation. 

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has created a three-member panel of prosecutors to re-investigate the complaint filed by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group against the so-called ninja cops. 

The panel is given 30 days to complete its reinvestigation. With Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News