Baguio City Hall tightens security after Magalong's Senate testimony


Posted at Oct 04 2019 04:50 PM | Updated as of Oct 04 2019 05:23 PM

Security guards check the bags of people entering the Baguio City Hall as city mayor Benjamin Magalong received death threats over his expose on the alleged involvement of Philippine National Police chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde’s in a shady anti-narcotics operation in Pampanga in 2013. Jun Leprozo

MANILA – The Baguio City Hall has tightened its security in the wake of the testimony of Mayor Benjamin Magalong on the alleged involvement of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde in an anti-narcotics operation in Pampanga in 2013.

Five of the city hall’s eight doors have been locked, and bomb- sniffing dogs were also deployed in the area.

Magalong earlier claimed in a Senate hearing that Albayalde had attempted to block the dismissal order against his former men at the Pampanga police office, who were accused of pilfering millions of shabu seized in a drug sting in Mexico town.

Albayalde has denied Magalong’s allegations, but the latter also claimed that the PNP chief, who was then the chief of Pampanga police, had knowledge of his men’s operation.

Magalong and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino, who also claimed that Albayalde intervened in the cops’ case, have been receiving threats.

“Ayoko namang magsinungaling. Oo naman. Oo naman. Siyempre foul language… biglang may tatawag sayong foul language. Tapos eh, pag vinerify mo eh wala na, hindi na macontact,” Magalong said.

(I won't lie. Of course, I've been receiving threats, some with foul language. When I try to verify, I can no longer reach the number.)

“In-anticipate ko naman iyan na ganun ang mangyayari. Parang sa… nung inimbestigahan ko yung mga ibang anomalies sa BuCor, lahat yun. Nakatanggap naman ako ng mga death threats din dun. So, kailangan preparado lang ako.”

(I anticipated this. When I investigated the anomalies at the Bureau of Corrections, I also received death threats. I just need to be prepared.)

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered an investigation on Albayalde in the wake of the Senate hearings on the GCTA law and related issues that have come up.