The police officer who did not show up in the Senate hearing over the issue of "ninja cops" has been dismissed from service, an order that was decided on nearly 2 years ago, police said Wednesday.
Former officer Ronald Santos reportedly went AWOL in 2016 after he was assigned in Zamboanga del Sur.
The order for Santos' dismissal was handed down on Nov. 13, 2017, but was carried out only on Feb. 12.
The two other officers assigned to Zamboanga del Sur at that time were Police Maj. Rodney Raymundo Baloyo IV and Police Capt. Joel De Guzman.
Baloyo has been accused of leading a group of Pampanga police who made off with some 160 kilograms of shabu worth about P648 million at the time following a 2013 anti-drug operation targeting an alleged Chinese drug lord in Mexico town, Pampanga.
His team also allegedly set the drug lord free and presented another Chinese in exchange for P50 million.
Baloyo then served as deputy provincial director for operation of Zamboanga del Sur PPO before transferring to PRO 4A in Calabarzon on Sept. 11, 2018.
De Guzman also served as OIC of Malangas police station of Zamboanga Sibugay police provincial office before transferring to PRO 4A in August 2018.
Current Philippine National Police chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde was Pampanga police chief at the time of the operation. He was accused by former police official and now Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong of trying to intervene in the investigation of Baloyo's team.
Albayalde denied the accusations.