Police operations unhampered by drug-dealing allegations, spokesman says


Posted at Oct 09 2019 11:10 AM | Updated as of Oct 09 2019 11:27 AM

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MANILA – The Philippine National Police organization is unaffected by allegations some of its men, dubbed "ninja cops," were reselling illegal drugs, its spokesman said Wednesday.

General Oscar Albayalde, the outgoing PNP Chief, is an "excellent" leader, said PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac.

Retired police general Benjamin Magalong, now mayor of Baguio City, had accused Albayalde of intervening in the case of police officers from Pampanga who allegedly pilfered millions worth of shabu in 2013.

"This is not affecting our law enforcement operations, including the campaign against illegal drugs and our campaign against our own colleagues, rogue cops," said Banac told ANC's Headstart.

"Gen. Albayalde has been an excellent leader and he continuously inspire the whole Philippine National Police, especially the campaign against illegal drugs under the Duterte Administration," he said.

"We have seen a lot of rogue cops who have been arrested, incarcerated and dismissed from the service all under his leadership," he said.

Banac said Albayalde ordered the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) to review the case of the 13 so-called ninja cops for possible summary dismissal proceedings.

"It is urgent. It should be completed within the month of October so that we will be able to present it to the public and assure the public that were taking actions on their concerns," Banac said.

Of the 13 policemen from Pampanga, 11 have been directed to report at Camp Crame, 1 is still being accounted for, while their team leader, Supt. Rodney Baloyo, was ordered detained at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.

The PNP is currently monitoring 22 cops in active service involved in the recycling of illegal drugs, Banac said.

"We are just waiting for the right time that we can find evidence against them and arrest them and charge them in court," he said.

Of the 22, Banac said 3 are police officers and 19 are non-commissioned officers. The highest ranking of these officers is a police major.

The police leadership is also waiting for President Rodrigo Duterte to reveal the names of two alleged police colonels involved in the illegal drug trade, Banac said.

"From our list they don't seem to appear. We are also interested to know where this is coming from. There may be some information from the top level, executive level that our operatives from the ground have not been able to pick up," he said.

Aside from the 22 ninja cops, the PNP is also monitoring around 700 police officers who are retired or dismissed from service.

"The 700 includes those involved in extortion and all other illegal activities not just illegal drugs," he clarified.

In the last 3 years 442 police officers have been summarily dismissed from service for engaging in illegal drugs, he said.