Magalong: Safety of 'ninja cops' in 2013 drug raid at risk


Posted at Oct 15 2019 10:27 AM | Updated as of Oct 15 2019 11:36 AM

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MANILA - The safety of "ninja cops," or policemen involved in the controversial 2013 drug raid in Pampanga, must now be prioritized, former police official Benjamin Magalong said Tuesday.

"I hope that those involved in the 2013 drug bust in Mexico, Pampanga will finally realize they’re on their own and I hope some of them will start talking. Unless they end up dead like the other civilian agents who were also involved in that drug operation," he told ANC's Early Edition.

"They have to make sure that nothing happens to them. Because only one is in jail, only (Rodney) Baloyo. The rest are still performing functions as policemen or floating status. If you look at the civilian agents involved, all of them are all already dead, they were killed. Anything can happen."

Baloyo was among 13 so-called “ninja cops” who allegedly made off with some 160 kilograms of shabu worth around P648 million in Mexico, Pampanga.

The drugs were seized in an anti-narcotics operation on alleged Chinese drug lord Johnson Lee in 2013. An investigation revealed that the police let Lee go in exchange for P50 million.

Magalong raised the Pampanga cops' case after he was invited by the Senate to testify on the alleged anomalies at the Bureau of Corrections.

The Senate investigation found out that the cops were merely demoted, in what Senate Minority Franklin Drilon has described as a "cover-up."