The Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) has filed criminal charges against its former chief General Oscar Albyalde along with 13 “ninja cops.”
The drug complaint submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday was a result of the controversial drug operation in Mexico, Pampanga in 2013. The CIDG found out that 13 PNP personnel have accepted P50 million as a bribe, kept more than a hundred kilogram of recreational drug called shabu (methamphetamine), and only arrested a fall guy.
“The PNP, as complainant aims to avoid undue influence, collusion, and partiality that may be extended against herein police officers as a result of familiarity with the local prosecution office,” the revised referral complaint of the CIDG said, addressing Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento.
Charges against the PNP officials
According to the CIDG, Albayalde, who at that time was the Pampanga provincial police director in Pampanga, is legally responsible for failing to conduct an investigation of the involved PNP personnel and for trying to mediate in the internal validation process.
“Instead of conducting an investigation [of] his personnel, he rather recommended the personnel involved for the issuance of award,” said the CIDG in the complaint.
In addition, Albayalde was charged for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Acts, as well as graft, qualified bribery, falsification of public documents, perjury and dereliction of duty.
Meanwhile, the CIDG, which initially filed criminal charges against the 13 ninja cops for mishandling confiscated drugs, planting evidence, violating rules on the custody and disposition of seized drugs, has added graft, qualified bribery, and perjury in the complaint.
Other officials are also facing criminal raps, including Major Rodney Baloyo IV for falsifying papers and statements twice, or violation of Article 171 of the Revised Penal Code. The CIDG also filed a complaint against Lieutenant Joven de Guzman, Staff Sergeant Ronaldo Santos, and Corporal Romeo Guerrero for violating Article 183, known as perjury.
However, the Department of Justice (DOJ) lifted the complaint although it ordered a new investigation into the case.
In 2013, when the drug operation occurred in Pampanga, Albyalde was put on a “floating status” and did not face criminal charges then.
Originally, the CIDG filed a complaint in 2014, but the justice department dismissed it in 2017. The investigation was reopened following the controversy of “ninja cops” that caught the attention of the Senate blue ribbon and justice committees.
During the congressional investigation, retired generals criticized Albayalde of his negligence in the drug buy-bust operation. According to them, it was impossible that Albayalde was not involved in it.