Cases vs Albayalde, ninja cops submitted for resolution

The string of charges filed against former police chief Oscar Albayalde and several other police officers implicated in the alleged recycling of illegal drugs are now deemed submitted for resolution.

Earlier, the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group expressed confidence
that the Department of Justice would find probable cause to indict the respondent-police officers.

“Umaasa na lang kami sa CIDG na sana mapagbigyan yung kasong finile namin. Base sa aming ebidensya at imbestigasyong ginawa malamang-lamang siguro kung papalarin tayo,” police Lt. Col. Dennis Wagas said.

Recently, the officers led by Albayalde filed their rejoinders before the DOJ.

In his rejoinder, Albayalde maintained his innocence stressing the complaint lodged against him by the PNP failed to specify any specific act that he supposedly violated.

“None of the allegations…point to any specific act which I supposedly committed that amounts to a crime or any element thereof. Indeed the complainant charges me only of supposed knowledge of–i.e. that I was “aware of” or “informed” of the anti-drug operation–but never participation in, the incident in question,”Albayalde said in his rejoinder.

“At the time I made the special report, I had no reason to doubt the truthfulness of Police Superintendent Baloyo’s account of the events,based on the presumption that official duty has been regularly performed, and the fact that as then Acting Provincial Director, I had to rely to a reasonable extent on my subordinates and in their good faith in preparing official documents,” he continued.

In an amended complaint, the PNP charged Albayalde with graft, qualified bribery, falsification of public documents, dereliction of duty, and violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

Albayalde was impleaded in the complaint which was previously filed by the PNP against 13 police officers before the DOJ. He is now first on the list of respondents.

Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Q. Orsos, PNP/CIDG Legal Division Chief previously said that probers used as basis testimonial evidence from witnesses, and the report of the Senate which extensively investigated the controversy, in filing the complaint against Albayalde.

“Mga lumang ebidensya at yung transcript sa Senate. Totality of the evidence shows that he is probably liable. Yung probability lang,” he said when asked about the police’s basis in filing the amended complaint against the former PNP chief.

It was learned that the PNP-CIDG presented new witnesses, including barangay officials from Mexico town in Pampanga.

During the Senate inquiry, Albayalde was also accused by then PNP-CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong that he sought to defer the dismissal order against his former subordinates.

The former PNP chief relinquished his post ahead of his retirement last November 8.

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