MANILA - The National Police Commission (Napolcom) is optimistic it could submit findings on the "ninja cops" controversy before former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde retires from service next month.
"We will see to it before November 8 all the documents necessary would have already been submitted to the offices concerned na dapat namin pagdalhan ng output ng investigation na ito (where we should send our output in this investigation), especially the Office of the President and the secretary of the DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government)," Napolcom vice chair and executive officer Rogelio Casurao said Saturday.
In an interview on DZMM radio, Casurao said that an investigation involving Albayalde should be resolved while he is still in service.
"After his retirement we lose jurisdiction over him. Kung naumpisahan na, na-docket na 'yung case number niya, patuloy 'yung jurisdiction even if mag-retire na siya (But if the case is filed, docketed, even after his retirement we have jurisdiction)," he said.
Albayalde in 2013 was chief of the Pampanga police when 13 of his men were accused of pilfering 160 kilos of shabu worth P648 million in an operation against a suspected drug lord.
Casurao said the initial findings released by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee would be a big help in its joint probe with the DILG.
The draft report recommends the filing of drug and graft charges against Albayalde and the 13 men.
He said Napolcom-DILG investigators would find pieces of evidence from the Senate report "one way or another" as they sought to find possible administrative liability of the respondents.
Casurao said they could initiate an administrative case against Albayalde if there is strong indication of his alleged involvement with ninja cops.
"On the other hand, kung wala tayong makitang matibay na involvement niya (if we don't see strong evidence of his alleged involvement), well in all likelihood he can retire very peacefully siguro (probably) because 'yung ibang aspeto ng kaniyang involvement puwede namang ipagpatuloy doon sa pending investigation ngayon na ginagawa rin ng Department of Justice (the other aspects of his involvement can be looked at in the pending DOJ investigation)," he said.