Senate cites cop in 2013 'agaw-bato' ops for contempt

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 03 2019 02:53 PM | Updated as of Oct 03 2019 06:23 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) - The Senate on Thursday cited in contempt a cop who led a questioned anti-drug operation in Mexico, Pampanga in 2013.

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee led by Sen. Richard Gordon cited Supt. Rodney Baloyo in contempt and ordered his detention at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson moved to cite Baloyo in contempt for supposedly lying about his knowledge about the 2013 raid where his team was accused of making off with some 160 kilograms of shabu worth around P648 million at the time following an anti-drug operation on alleged Chinese drug lord Johnson Lee.

Baloyo’s team also allegedly set Lee free and presented another Chinese, identified in reports as Ding Wengkun, in exchange for P50 million.

Lacson quizzed Baloyo on why he was able to immediately form a team a few hours after being supposedly tipped off by an asset about the drug haul.

Baloyo told Lacson he asked PO2 Anthony Loleng Lacsamana to investigate the area, but Lacsamana denied carrying out the task. Lacson, Gordon and Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon found him evasive and incredulous.

“Be definite. Nahahalata ka. We are trying to observe your demeanor. Contemplative ka eh, iniisip mo pa ang sagot mo, kapag ka ganyan ang sagot hindi totoo,” Lacson said.

(Be definite. You are getting caught lying. We are trying to observe your demeanor. You are being contemplative. You are thinking of your answers, which indicate you are not telling the truth.)

“Kapag nagsisinungaling ka, kapag inulit ang tanong, iba na ang sagot mo… Magkakabuhol buhol,” he added.

(If you are lying, if a question is asked again, you’ll give a different question. You’ll get get yourself entangled.)

Baloyo and his men were under the leadership of then Pampanga police chief and now Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde when the controversial operation was carried out.

Albayalde has been accused of intervening in the Pampanga cops’ case, an allegation the Philippines’ top cop has vehemently denied.