PNP formally sues Albayalde over ‘ninja cops’ fiasco before DOJ

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The Philippine National Police on Monday amended its complaint against the so-called ‘ninja cops,’ this time impleading former chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde in the charge sheet.

Albayalde is now facing string of charges that included violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

He along with 13 other police officers were charged on accusations that they recycled, or condoned the recycling of seized drugs.

The other respondent-lawmen are Police Major Rodney Baloyo IV, 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.

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.

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.

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