PNP asserts right to file charges vs ex-FG

By Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 05 2011 03:37 PM | Updated as of Sep 06 2011 02:21 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) had no intention of preempting the Senate's investigation on the chopper mess when it filed charges against people allegedly involved in the controversy, police chief Dir. Gen. Raul Bacalzo said on Monday.
Bacalzo told reporters the police only fulfilled its commitment to the Senate, which is investigating the anomaly, that it will sue those responsible for the anomaly.
This comes as Sen. Franklin Drilon, a member of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, expressed concern that some resource persons included in the charge sheet would no longer cooperate in the probe because of their pending cases.
"Mas maganda nga po 'yan para hindi sabihin ng ating mga kababayan that the CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) is foot-dragging in the case," Bacalzo said.
The police chief added that the CIDG had enough evidence when it filed the complaints before the Ombudsman on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Senate has also requested the PNP to submit documents related to the alleged overpriced repair of 28 armored personnel carriers.
"We are requiring a full report as to how this happened in preparation for a possible Senate committee hearing on this issue," Drilon said.
Bacalzo, on the other hand, told reporters the police has finished its initial fact-finding investigation on the issue, which indicated irregularities.
He said he has already referred the matter to the CIDG for a more thorough probe.