(JANUARY 16, 2020) – The justice department has filed graft charges against the former national police chief and a dozen other police officers in connection with the re-sale of confiscated drugs in Pampanga in 2013.
State prosecutors, who reopened an investigation against General Oscar Albayalde, have found probable cause to file corruption charges before the Office of the Ombudsman.
“The panel anchored its finding on Albayalde’s non-implementation of an order which sought to penalize the police officers involved in the questioned drug operation,” the justice department said in a press statement.
State prosecutors said the case against Albayalde was for persuading, inducing, or influencing another public officer to perform an act constituting a violation of rules and regulations in connection with the official duties of the latter, and for causing any undue injury to any party, including the government.
Albayalde, as the Pampanga police chief at the time, was supposed to sack 13 policemen for the controversial drug raid, but a Senate inquiry bared the retired police chief blocked the dismissal.
The panel also indicted 12 police officers involved in the operation for misappropriation and declaration of illegal drugs seized, planting of evidence, qualified bribery, and causing undue injury to any party, including the government.
The policemen were accused of “recycling” some 160 of 200 kilos of shabu seized in 2013, and releasing alleged drug trafficker Johnson Lee for money and cars.
Those indicted were Lt. Col. Rodney Raymundo Louie Juico Baloyo IV; Police Lt. Joven Bagnot De Guzman, Jr.; Police Master Sgts. Jules Lacap Maniago, Donald Castro Roque, Ronald Bayas Santos, Rommel Muñoz Vital, Alcindor Mangiduyos Tinio, Eligio Dayos Valeroso and Dante Mercado Dizon; and Police Staff Sgts. Dindo Singian Dizon, Gilbert Angeles De Vera, and Romeo Encarnacio Guerrero Jr.
Complaints against PO2 Anthony Lacsamana were dismissed for insufficiency of evidence, with a conclusion that he did not participate in the operation.
The panel’s findings will be endorsed to the Office of the Ombudsman for further action.
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