Ex-CIDG chief Magalong, alleged 'ninja cops' to face Senate


Posted at Sep 28 2019 04:02 PM | Updated as of Sep 28 2019 05:23 PM

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MANILA – Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong and police officers tagged in the alleged recycling of narcotics seized in drug raids are set to face a Senate hearing Tuesday, Sen. Richard Gordon said Saturday. 

"Lahat pinatawag na (We have summoned everyone)," said Gordon, chair of the Senate blue ribbon committee, in an interview on DZMM radio. 

Gordon said Magalong, former chief of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), will reveal the names of “ninja cops” he already bared in an executive session at the Senate last week.

"I hope may matutunan tayo sa kaniya na mga bagong infomation para matigil na itong salot," said Gordon.

(I hope that we learn new information from him to stop this problem.)

Magalong had first appeared at the Senate to testify on alleged corruption at the Bureau of Corrections, including a scheme where hospital passes were being sold to moneyed inmates. 

Gordon said Magalong was willing to reveal names in public during the last Senate hearing.

"If we had allowed him to do that the last time he would have done it," he said. 

He urged the public to not just watch the proceedings as if they were a television series.

"Dapat magalit tayo at sabihing hindi na tayo papayag. Hindi drama 'yan, tunay na buhay 'yan, mga anak niyo ang involved kaya 'wag nating tratuhing parang serye ito kasi dapat matigil na 'yan," he said.

(We should be angry at this and say we will not allow this anymore. This is not drama, this is real life, your children are involved that's why we shouldn't treat this like a TV series because this must stop.)