3 'ninja cops' linked to 2013 Pampanga drug raid dismissed


Posted at Oct 21 2019 10:23 AM

MANILA — The Philippine National Police dismissed Monday 3 former subordinates of resigned PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde over an anomalous drug operation in Antipolo City last May, some 6 years after they were involved in another questionable operation in Pampanga province. 

The 3 were among 13 former members of the Pampanga police, who under Albayalde's watch, were accused in 2013 of pilfering some 160 kilos of shabu from an operation against a suspected Chinese drug lord. 

PNP officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa ordered the dismissal of police MSgt. Donald Roque and Rommel Vital, and Cpl. Romeo Encarnacion Guerrero Jr. 
The 3 officers last May allegedly fired at the vehicle of a certain Arnold Gramaje Jr. after he refused their order to alight. 

He escaped, but the officers followed him home and allegedly carted away P30,000 and several gadgets. 
The policemen's team leader, Lt. Joven De Guzman, was suspended for 2 months due to command responsibility. However, Gamboa ordered the PNP Internal Affairs Service to upgrade the penalty to dismissal. 

The officers failed to coordinate their operation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the IAS earlier said. 

Their report also named a barangay councilor as witness, but village records showed there was no such official, IAS added. 

The 3 officers and their 10 former colleagues from Pampanga also faced a dismissal order over the 2013 operation. The penalty was downgraded to demotion after they filed a motion for reconsideration. 

Report from Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News