OCTOBER 9, 2019 – Senator Richard Gordon on Wednesday called for a review of dismissed case against so-called “ninja cops,” as another police officer is tagged in the drug recycling scheme.
Gordon, the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, made the suggestion after the chief of the PNP’s Drug Enforcement Group (DEG) implicated another ranking police official in the “agaw-bato” scheme.
“Dapat inaaral natin kung bakit nadi-dismiss, either hindi humaharap ‘yung pulis, mali pag-handle ng ebidensya,” Gordon said. “Dapat siguro tutukan ninyo, in aid of legislation, kasi kung madi-dismiss lang baka sabihin madi-dismiss lang naman eh.”
According to DEG chief Brig. Gen. Albert Ferro, criminal cases were filed in 2014 against Major Bienvenido Reydado, a former Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief, but was dismissed by the courts four years later.
This was corroborated by Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, also a former CIDG head, who first disclosed the involvement of corrupt cops in recycling drugs in the hearings.
Magalong said he first launched an investigation on Reydado after receiving text messages from two of his men.
“There were several instances wherein they conducted anti-drug operations with a group led by Major Reydado, hindi po nila nireport, sini-seize ‘yung drugs at pinapatakas ang mga nahuhuling Chinese drug traffickers,” Magalong added.
One case involved two luggage bags containing 47 kilograms of shabu and the arrest of three Chinese nationals who were eventually released in Angeles City, Pampanga.
“So ‘pag ‘di pumuputok, ‘di lumalabas o nahuli, ‘di pinansin lusot na?” Gordon asked.
“Ganun po nangyayari talaga… I directed Ferro to launch a formal investigation,” Magalong responded.
Ferro, meanwhile, said they were able to secure the statements of the two witnesses that led to the filing of criminal charges against Reydado.
“It went to the court but I was informed it was dismissed,” Ferro said.
Earlier in the hearing, Magalong spoke against the controversial drug raid involving Maj. Rodney Baloyo and 12 other policemen in Pampanga.
They were ordered dismissed from service, but were only demoted by one rank after a motion for reconsideration was filed in 2016.
The PNP chief was also implicated in the issue after Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino said Gen. Oscar Albayalde, then the Pampanga provincial director, asked him not to implement a dismissal recommendation.
Aquino was serving as director of Region 3 Police Office at the time. (Karen Macalalad/JMF)