Baloyo snubs DOJ ‘ninja cop’ probe

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Police Major Rodney Baloyo IV, the highest ranking police officer among the so-called ‘ninja cops’ facing charges, snubbed the first day of preliminary investigation before the Department of Justice.

Baloyo, who is still detained at the New Bilibid Prison after the Senate cited him in contempt, instead sent his lawyer.

Also, the panel handling the cases granted the Philippine National Police’s request to submit additional evidence, and file an amended complaint.

The panel set October 21 as next hearing.

Aside from Baloyo, also under investigation are: Police Senior Inspector Joven Bognot Jr., Senior Police Officer I Jules Maniago, SPO1 Donald Roque, SPO1 Ronald Santos, SPO1 Rommel Vital, SPO1 Alcindor Tinio.

SPO1 Eligio Valeroso, Police Officer III (PO3) Dindo Dizon, PO3 Gilbert de Vera
PO3 Encarnacion Guerrero Jr., PO2 Anthony Lacsamana, and PO3 Dante Dizon

The DOJ moved to reinvestigate Baloyo and his men as the Senate wrapped up its inquiry into allegations that they recycled seized drugs, which inadvertently put PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde in bad light.

Baloyo and his men were accused of carting away a huge amount of cash and P650 million worth of shabu from a suspected drug trafficker in a raid in Mexico, Pampanga in 2013.

Albayalde was then the Pampanga police provincial director who was relieved following the controversial raid.

The police officers involved were ordered dismissed in 2014 after they were accused of recycling the drugs, but were later demoted after filing an appeal in March 2016.

Senators questioned the reduction of the penalty, noting that there were aggravating circumstances in the case involving the police officials.

Last September 19, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, former chief of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), revealed in a Senate executive session the names of the ninja cops.

Magalong added that a former police official of a Central Luzon province was relieved over drug links.

It’s unclear if Albayalde was included in the list, which allegedly includes a high-ranking officer.

Albayalde had defended himself from insinuations, calling it part of “internal politics.

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