PNP sues Albayalde over P650M worth of recycled drugs
Former police chief Oscar Albayalde was formally charged before the Department of Justice on accusations that he allegedly colluded with so-called ‘ninja cops’ in recycling illegal drugs worth P650 million.
In an amended complaint filed by the Philippine National Police, Albayalde was charged 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.
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
For his part, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Q. Orsos, PNP/CIDG Legal Division Chief, told reporters in a chance interview that probers used as basis testimonial evidence from witnesses, and the report of the Senate which extensively investigated the controversy.
“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 Albayalde.
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 last week relinquished his post ahead of his retirement on November 8.
The DOJ panel said it would allow the respondents to file a counter-affidavit and set the next hearing on November 5.
For his part, Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete disclosed that Albayalde will now undergo preliminary investigation.
“If there’s a finding of probable cause, then makakasama siya (Albayalde) sa mga akusado and it will go to the trial court,” Perete said.