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PNP says dragging Gen Albayalde in drug recycling an attempt to tarnish his name: Re: Ninja Cops

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PNP says dragging Gen Albayalde in drug recycling an attempt to tarnish his name
Re: Ninja Cops


MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday that dragging its chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde on the “ninja cops” issue could be a mere attempt to tarnish his name.

“Even the chief of the PNP has denied all these insinuations and allegations against him, and he said these are issues in the past and it seems that they are coming out again, and [these are] maybe an attempt to tarnish his name,” PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel.

There have been speculations that Albayalde was among those mentioned as one of the police officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs in a Senate executive session with former Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director Benjamin Magalong on September 19.

“He (Albayalde) denied his involvement in all these and as far as he is concerned, he has acted upon these allegations in the past already, and no evidence has been found against him in the past,” said Banac.

Banac was referring to the relief of Albayalde as Pampanga police director during the preliminary investigation on a drug case involving police officers in the province in 2014.

Amid the allegation, Banac assured the public that the PNP is closely monitoring 22 police officers, of which the highest rank is a police major, in its watchlist of “ninja cops” or police officers involved in recycling illegal drugs seized in operations.

“We are doing a case build up against them so that when the proper time comes and there is evidence against them, then we can make effect an arrest,” he said.  /muf


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  • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited September 26

    CL police chief recommends sacking of Senior Supt Oscar Albayalde in drug bust scam


    Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:45 AM March 16, 2014

    CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—The  police director in Central Luzon has recommended the relief of Senior Supt. Oscar Albayalde, the Pampanga police director, for command responsibility over an anomalous buy-bust operation against a suspected illegal drugs dealer in Mexico town last year.

    “[It is] due to [Albayalde’s] failure to take corrective action at his level despite the chance given to him to do so,”  Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, regional police director, said to explain the official’s relief.

    In a statement, Petrasanta announced that former provincial intelligence branch head Supt. Rodney Baloyo, provincial anti-illegal drugs special operations task force head Senior Insp. Joven de Guzman Jr. and 11 men directly under him had been charged on March 11 with violating Section 27 of Republic Act No. 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).

    De Guzman’s group allegedly took two bags of shabu and a vault from Ding Wenkun in a house he rented at Lakeshore Estate on Nov. 29, 2013. The group allegedly extorted money from Wenkun before allowing him to escape.

    Section 27 refers to the “criminal liability of a public officer or employee for misappropriation, misapplication or failure to account for the confiscated, seized and/or surrendered dangerous drugs, plant sources of dangerous drugs, controlled precursors and essential chemicals, instruments or paraphernalia and/or laboratory equipment including the proceeds or properties obtained from the unlawful act committed.”

    This carries a penalty of life imprisonment, a fine from P500,000 to P10 million and disqualification from public office.

    Albayalde said the decision to relieve him was up to higher authorities. The endorsement was sent to the Philippine National Police chief,  Director General Alan Purisima.

    But Gov. Lilia Pineda has praised Albayalde for involving village leaders in maintaining peace and order and for ensuring prompt disaster response.

    Petrasanta said the operations of De Guzman’s group were similar to the “Agaw Bato” racket attributed to the group of Supt. Bienvenido Reydado, chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Pampanga province.  Reydado has denied the allegations.

    Petrasanta said the move to dismiss and discipline police officers and personnel was “a manifestation of the keen determination of the PNP to remove misfits among [its] ranks.”


  • knorrknorr 8anned by Abmin PExer
    edited September 26

    Ayan, nagbago ang desisyon ni Gordog ni isapobliko ang mga ninja cops. Ibigay na lang ang mga names at bahala na si Tay Digs .

    Nakahinga ng maluwag si Albayagde




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  • knorrknorr 8anned by Abmin PExer

    May nag tip kay Drug Queen. Dumating sya from Canada and the following day, umalis  via CebuPak papuntang Singapore.

    Baka kasi kumanta, lagot si bossing ninja cops



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  • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Albayalde, 14 cops named by Magalong to face Senate blue ribbon


    The Senate blue ribbon committee will invite Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde and the police officers allegedly involved in the recycling of illegal drugs to its next hearing on the issues hounding the national penitentiary and police force.

    But Senator Richard Gordon, blue ribbon committee chairman, on Thursday, clarified that Albayalde will be called to the Senate inquiry in his capacity as PNP chief, and not due to speculations tagging him in the recycling of confiscated illegal drugs.

    “As PNP chief, he can be invited,” Gordon told reporters in an interview Thursday.

    Gordon said the Senate inquiry on the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) controversy in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) has segued to the alleged involvement of policemen, or so-called “ninja cops”, in the illegal drug trade after the revelations of former PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director and Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong during an executive session last week.

    The Senate recently agreed to disclose the contents of the closed-door meeting with Magalong, who earlier said that rogue cops had transacted with drug lords inside the NBP.

    A copy of the transcript was handed over to Malacañang Wednesday night.

    Gordon said Magalong named 14 policemen as allegedly having been involved in the “agaw-bato” scheme. Two or three of those identified are no longer in police service.

    While he was hesitant to mention Albayalde, the senator said the former CIDG chief “directly” cited the 2014 controversial anti-illegal drug operation carried out by Pampanga police which resulted in Albayalde’s relief. The country’s top cop was Pampanga police provincial head at the time.

    Gordon said that whether or not President Duterte makes public the involved policemen, the blue ribbon committee will report out the names mentioned in the executive session in its next hearing on October 1.

    The 14 cops are also expected to appear in the Senate inquiry, he said.

    Gordon, however, refused to confirm if Albayalde was among those listed ninja cops.

    “If he is involved — because whoever it is, I will invite him if involved…It will be unfair for me to mention [names] and it will be a violation of ethics,” he told reporters, citing an agreement by senators.

    Aside from Albayalde, another “senior officer” of the PNP is also being invited to shed light on the “agaw-bato” modus in 2014.



  • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Albayalde: ‘Drug queen’ issue shouldn’t have been publicized

    'It’s as if the PNP is being blamed for everything already,' says a visibly frustrated Oscar Albayalde, who is set to retire on November 8


    BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – His voice cracking, a visibly frustrated Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde said that the issue of the Manila “drug queen” supposedly being in cahoots with cops should not have been brought out in public.

    Because of the "revelation" the police are now taking intense flak from the public, said Albayalde.

    Hindi kami ang nag-umpisa noong drug queen, drug queen na yun, remember that. Hindi kami ang nag-open noon. It’s not the PNP. In the first place, hindi sana nila binanggit dapat yun kasi we’re being blamed for that eh,” Albayalde told reporters at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) after his testimonial parade.

    (We did not start the drug queen issue, remember that. We did not open that. It shouldn't have been mentioned because we're being blamed for that.)

    Although the police chief did not name who raised the issue, it was former police general and now Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Director General Aaron Aquino who revealed it during a Senate budget hearing.

    During that Senate hearing, Aquino said cops have been "rampantly" recycling illegal drugs and that they were engaged by an alleged Manila drug queen.

    Days after the hearing the so-called drug queen was identified as former Sampaloc barangay chief Guia Gomez Castro.

    With the issue now hounding the PNP, Albayalde acknowledged that his forthcoming retirement on November 8 would not be as smooth as he had hoped for, telling reporters “we have so much things to face.”

    Why Albayalde is frustrated: The "drug queen" and "recycling" issues have spun out of control, that these have even cast doubt on the retiring Albayalde’s service record.

    Allegations have resurfaced about his involvement in a questionable anti-drug operation in Mexico, Pampanga in 2014 which led to his relief from the provincial chief post then.

    Albayalde has since been invited to speak on the recycling issue before the Senate blue ribbon committee, which was originally investigating corruption allegations in the Bureau of Corrections.

    Albayalde said he was not invited by the legislators for his time as Pampanga provincial chief, but as the head of the PNP. He has been cleared of that case as of 2017, he said.

    He said he was ready to face allegations should these be revived. He added that he has met with President Rodrigo Duterte on the issue and that Duterte supposedly told him that he would tune in to his appearance at the Senate.

    “I really do not know why the issue has been diverted to a very old issue, a recycled one. I really do not know,” Albayalde said in a mix of English and Filipino.

    He added: “Kasi yun ang nangyayari eh, as if the PNP is being blamed for everything already (That’s what’s happening. It’s as if the PNP is being blamed for everything already).”

  • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    PDEA chief inalisan na ng PNP ng security


    Inalis na umano ng Philippine National Police (PNP) ang nakatalagang security para kay Philippine Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino.

    Ito ang sinabi ngayong Linggo, Setyembre 29, 2019, ni Senador Richard Gordon, chairman ng Senate blue ribbon committee, dahil sa patuloy na banggan ng PDEA at PNP kaugnay ng isyu ng pag-recycle ng mga kumpiskadong iligal na droga.

    “Eh ang balita ko si Gen. Aquino tinanggalan na ng security eh. Number 1 drug enforcer yan bakit mo tatanggalan yan hindi tama yan, bakit mo tatanggalan ng security?” pahayag ni Gordon sa panayam sa dzBB.

    Sa Martes ipagpapatuloy ng Senado ang pagdinig sa isyu ng “ninja cops” na sangkot diumano sa kalakalan ng iligal na droga at inaasahang magbabanggaang muli ang PNP at PDEA tungkol dito.

    “Correct (may banggaan ang PNP, PDEA) at magugulat kayo sa Tuesday maraming lalabas. Lumalabas na ngayon, nangyari yan sa region (drug recycling),” sabi ni Gordon.

    Inaasahang maghaharap sa pagdinig ng Senado si PNP chief Oscar Albayalde at dating Criminal Investigation and Detection Group at ngayo’y Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

    Imbitado rin sa pagdinig ang “ninja cops” o mga pulis na naunang sinabi ni Albayalde ay sangkot diumano sa drug syndicate na nag-o-operate sa Metro Manila. Kasama rin sa inimbitahan si Aquino.

    Samantala, tiniyak naman ni Gordon na magkakaroon ng patas na pagdinig sa isyu ng “ninja cops.”

    “I can assure you na fair ginagawa namin ang homework namin nag-aaral kami sa itatanong namin, kinukuha namin mga dokumento at least malilinawan ang tao sa nangyayari,” ani Gordon.

    “At ang gusto ko rito, maglalakas-loob ang taumbayan na pwede sila magsumbong, matutulungan natin na mabunyag ang dapat mabunyag at mahuli ang dapat mahuli. Pampalakas-loob na ‘yan, this is a game changer of investigation, ‘yung mga takot, tumatapang. Dapat ang tao mismo ang siyang magsasabi,” sambit pa nito.

    Kaugnay nito, bukas naman si Gordon ng pabigyan ng seguridad si Magalong sa oras na humingi ito ng tulong sa kanila.

    “Kapag humingi siya ng security, dapat bigyan,” ayon pa kay Gordon.


  • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    PDEA chief’s security escorts recalled



    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police has pulled out the police escorts of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino apparently due to the “ninja cops” controversy, Sen. Richard Gordon disclosed on Sunday.

    Gordon, chair of the Senate blue ribbon committee, said the PNP chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde, had been invited to appear in the next hearing on Tuesday after the head of the 175,000-strong police force repudiated speculation that he was on the list of senior police officials behind the “recycling” of seized illegal drugs.

    Policemen who pilfer and sell seized drugs are called ninja cops. Aquino has told Gordon’s committee that these rogue officers continue to operate, although the PNP insists they have already been busted.

    List submitted to President

    The ninja cop list was turned over to Gordon’s committee by Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, who led several antidrug operations when he was the chief of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

    Gordon said he had forwarded the list and the transcript of the executive session with Magalong to President Duterte, who has expressed “interest” in the matter.

    “I am more concerned after I learned that Aquino has been stripped of his security escorts [by the PNP]. They were recalled allegedly because they were ordered to report [to their units],” Gordon said in a radio interview.

    “He is the [government’s] No. 1 drug enforcer, why would you remove his security? It’s not proper. They should bring back his security [escorts]. How can he conduct operations?” Gordon added.

    Asked if the recall showed that the PDEA and the PNP were at loggerheads, the senator said: “That’s right.”

    Albayalde on Sunday denied that the recall of Aquino’s escorts had to do with the ninja cops controversy.

    In a brief message to the Inquirer, Albayalde denied that he ordered the recall of Aquino’s security.

    Police Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, the PNP spokesperson, confirmed that there was a security recall, but said it covered not only Aquino but all government officials in Central Luzon with security escorts.

    For SEA Games only

    Banac said the recall was necessary because the PNP in Central Luzon needed all of its personnel for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, which will be held in various venues in the region from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

    Banac gave assurance that the recall was only for the duration of the SEA Games.

    But Aquino, in a text message to the Inquirer, said his security detail appeared to have been singled out.

    “While all other security details were allowed to report back to their VIP assignments after accounting by the PNP, mine were given different duty assignments despite appeals to the regional director of [the Police Regional Office 3] due to the high risk of my death threats and [those] of my family,” Aquino said.

    He added that he met with the President on Sept. 25 and that Mr. Duterte gave verbal orders to return his security detail.

    More surprises

    Gordon said the public should brace for more surprises when his committee resumed its probe on Tuesday, which had shifted from irregularities in the Bureau of Corrections to alleged collusion between drug syndicates and corrupt policemen.

    When asked if Albayalde was really tagged by Magalong, Gordon said: “I have not said anything about that. He could have been named or not.”

    “I cannot tell anything since I have not heard from the President. But if nothing has yet been mentioned on Tuesday, it would surely come out,” he said.

    “We invited Albayalde because he has been making noise already. If he wants to speak as PNP chief, then he can do that. If something came out about him, then that’s the time he will be questioned,” Gordon added.

    The Senate had agreed to let the President disclose the identities of the ninja cops.

    Speaking in a radio interview on Sunday, Banac said the PNP had busted the ninja cops as a group.

    He said there were 87 officers in the group and that only 22 were remaining but lying low.

    Banac said the 22 could not be removed from the drug watch list because they had yet to be cleared.

    ‘Drug queen’

    In the heat of the ninja cop controversy last week, the PNP identified an alleged buyer of drugs pilfered by rogue officers, Guia Gomez Castro, chair of Barangay 484 Zone 48 in Manila’s Sampaloc district.

    But Castro, labeled by the PNP as “drug queen,” had already fled the country.

    The Bureau of Immigration said Castro left for Bangkok, Thailand, on Sept. 21.

    The sudden disclosure of Castro’s identity surprised the senators, who asked why the PNP had done nothing about her when it had known about her illegal activities for some time.

    Gordon himself said the identification of Castro could be a diversionary tactic.

    On Sunday, the police overseer, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, said he had ordered the arrest of Castro once she returned to the country.

    Speaking in a radio interview, Año said the Philippines was consulting other Southeast Asian governments on how to facilitate Castro’s extradition and that the International Criminal Police Organization could issue a red notice for her.

    Año said he could no longer consider Castro a government official because of her absence and inability to serve as head of Barangay 484 Zone 48. The village first councilor has been designated as officer in charge of the barangay, he said.

    He said local courts had issued warrants for Castro’s arrest, two for violation of the bouncing check law and one for a drug offense, which he did not specify.


  • EgozumEgozum Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    PNP pulls out police escorts of PDEA chief amid ‘ninja cops’ issue


    Updated September 30, 2019, 3:03 PM


    The Philippine National Police (PNP) has withdrawn the police security escorts of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino.

    Philippine National Police PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde speaks during a press conference at Camp Crame in Quezon City Mark Balmores  MANILA BULLETIN

    Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde speaks during a press conference at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

    But PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde said it was withdrawn due to the need for more available personnel to secure the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) that will start on November 30.

    “On the basis of the SEA Games, it was temporarily pulled out. But I gave an instruction to the Regional Director of Police Regional Office 3 to provide at least four police escorts for him while his (Aquino) request is being processed,” said Albayalde.

    Albayalde disclosed that Aquino had 15 police security escorts which did not go through the proper procedure.

    He said that based on PNP rules, only the Police Security Protection Group (PSPG) has the authority to provide police security escorts and it should be a maximum of only two policemen.

    Aquino’s escorts all came from Central Luzon regional police and is believed to have been retained after he retired from the service as regional director of Region 3.

    “It’s not normal. The normal number is two based on the Alunan Doctrine. No less than the President has directive that we follow strictly the Alunan Doctrine,” said Albayalde.

    The official said that if this number of security escorts, other Very Important Persons (VIPs) may also request the same and violate the Alunan Doctrine.

    Besides, he said the PNP would be needing manpower to secure delegates for the Southeast Asian Games.

    Following the withdrawal of Aquino’s escorts, rumors spread that it had something to do with the declaration of the PDEA Chief that recycling of drugs was rampant in the police.

    But Albayalde said it had nothing to do with it: “That’s just a coincidence siguro because of the SEA Games. Remember we need thousands of personnel to secure the delegates who have started practicing at the Clark Economic Zones.”

    “And it’s just temporary,” said Albayalde.

    And while Aquino’s request for escort is being processed, the PDEA Chief could get his escorts within the PDEA, itself, or retired police and military personnel.



  • gotta lick itgotta lick it Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited September 30

    kaya pa hindi matapos tapos ang DuDirty Drug Problem

    ... meron tayo Presidente na Chinese DrugLord Protector
    ... at meron siyang PNP Chief General Ninja Cop

  • knorrknorr 8anned by Abmin PExer

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  • knorrknorr 8anned by Abmin PExer

    Aquino just dropped Gen Ninja cops Albayalde



  • balthierbalthier Your idol is a has been PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Ayaw ng mga dutertards ng ganito. Nabubuking ang mga corrupt officials at nagtatakipan pa rin sila. Halungkat sa history para magbulag bulagan kayo sa mga corrupt na tauhan ng panginoon ninyo.

    C'mon digong. Rescue your ka-alyado. Basta ka-alyado ibig sabihin mga santo. Puro angel sila. Kpag hindi ka-alyado automatic mga devil. :lol:
  • EgozumEgozum Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    I ONLY ASKED FOR STATUS, PNP CHIEF SAYS

    Albayalde intervened in dismissal order vs. 'ninja cops' —ex-PNP officials

    Published October 1, 2019 2:37pm




    Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde — then the Regional Director of National Capital Region Police office — had asked then PNP Region 3 Regional Director Aaron Aquino not to implement the dismissal order against 13 police officials who were previously under Albayalde’s supervision in connection with the alleged drug recycling among police officers during a drug bust in 2013.

    Former PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Chief and now Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong made the revelation Tuesday while testifying in a Senate probe on the issue. Aquino, now the chief of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, backed up this version of events.

    The 13 police officials were initially ordered dismissed in 2014 due to grave misconduct over the questionable drug buy bust in 2013 but were later deemed demoted in 2017 after filing an appeal in March 2016.

    When the 2013 drug bust was conducted, Albayalde was the acting police director of Pampanga.

    “I told the President (Rodrigo Duterte) about the drug bust in 2013. Si Aaron [Aquino], sinabi rin niya, inulit niya [sa Presidente] ‘yung sinabi niya sa akin. Sinabi niya kay Presidente na tinawagan siya ni General Albayalde, at sinabi sa kanya, huwag mo implement ‘yung [dismissal] order,” Magalong said, referring to a recent meeting with the President, Senator Bong Go, and now Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Chief Aquino.

    “Sabi niya (Aquino), bakit hindi ko i-implement? [Sabi ni Albayalde], kasi mga tao ko ‘yan.  Kaya ang ginawa ni Aaron Aquino, tinapon niya sa Mindanao para mayroong aksyon siya na ginawa,” Magalong added.

    Aquino was initially hesitant to reveal Albayalde’s intervention for his men but eventually yielded when Magalong told him, “Last week, nag-usap kami ni Aaron. He told me everything. I know, Aaron you are in a tight situation. Bakit hindi mo sabihin kung ano yung sinabi mo sakin? Sinong kumausap sa 'yo?”

    Aquino said Albayalde, then NCRPO chief, had called him to ask about the status of the order against the 13 Pampanga policemen.

    “I cannot recall kung anong date yun, kung anong specific month, but it is between July and December 2016. Nagtatanong siya ng status of the case nina Baloyo and I told him na gusto kong ireview muna ‘yung kaso na ‘yun nung time na yun,” he said.

    “Sinabi niya sa akin na ‘Sir, for the meantime, baka pwedeng ipa-review n’yo muna ‘yan at ipa-check kasi gusto kong malaman kung ano talaga ang magiging result ng investigation na ‘yan.' Sabi ko bakit mo tinatanong, ‘Kasi, sir mga tao ko ‘yan,’” he added.

    He said he told Albayalde that he will ask the chief regional legal officer to review it.

    Status update

    Albayalde admitted making the call but insisted that he just asked for the status of the dismissal order but insisted he had no intention to influence Aquino.

    “Yes, I asked for the status, only the status. I could not possibly influence an RD (regional director) or an upper classman,” he said, referring to Aquino who was a year ahead of him at the Philippine Military Academy.

    “Of course, I would ask them because people would also be asking me, the fate of their father, the fate of these policemen, it was because I was the former provincial director. It is but normal that families would ask their former boss for the status of these people,” he added.

    “But I never asked for a favor.  I was asking for the status that is the very reason why General Aaron here ordered for the review of the case which is i think normal in the process  of PNP.”

    Albayalde, however, confirmed that the 13 police officers in question were assigned to Mindanao for a significant amount of time.

    Gordon asked if former Region 3 police chief Amador Corpuz, who succeeded Aquino, is a classmate of Albayalde, to which the latter replied in the affirmative.

    “So it is surprising to us here that Gen. Corpuz would suddenly demote and amend the dismissal order of a high-ranking general before him,” Gordon said, referring to the order of Corpuz to demote the 13 by one rank instead of dismissing them. 

  • EgozumEgozum Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Albayalde wanted 'review' of 'agaw-bato' case; PNP chief denies cover-up


    Posted at Oct 01 2019 02:40 PM | Updated as of Oct 01 2019 03:43 PM
    MANILA (UPDATE) - Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde on Tuesday denied protecting his former subordinates who were accused of making off with millions worth of illegal drugs seized in a drug raid in 2013.Albayalde was the chief of Pampanga police when a team of cops led by then-Supt. Rodney Baloyo allegedly made off with some 160 kilograms of shabu, worth around P648 million at the time, following an anti-drug operation on alleged Chinese drug lord Johnson Lee.
    As chief of Pampanga police then, Albayalde was relieved of his post because of command responsibility.Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino said that during his stint as Central Luzon police chief, Albayalde called him sometime between July and December 2016 to inquire about the status of the cases of his former men.“Nagtatanong siya sa status of the case, status ng case nila Baloyo,” Aquino told a Senate hearing.(He asked about the status of the cases of Baloyo and his men.)“I told him na gusto kong i-review muna ang kaso na iyon, nung time na iyon. And sinabi niya sa akin na, ‘Sir for the meantime baka pwedeng ipa-review muna iyan at ipa-check kasi gusto kong malaman kung ano talaga ang magiging result ng investigation na iyan,’” he added.(I told him I wanted to review the case. He said, "Sir for the meantime we should review the case and have it checked because I really want to know the result of the investigation.")Sen. Richard Gordon, chair of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, said he found Albayalde’s call to Aquino as “inappropriate.”Albayalde, who was chief of the Metro Manila police at the time, said he only called Aquino to inquire about the developments on the case because the embattled policemen’s relatives kept on asking him for updates.“Yes, I asked for the status, only the status. [But] I could not possibly influence a regional director or an upperclass. I’m just an acting regional director of NCRPO (National Capital Region Police Office) then,” Albayalde said.“Of course, I would ask them because their relatives would also be asking me the fate of their fathers, the fate of these policemen.”Albayalde added there was never a “ time that I asked for any favor. I was [only] asking for the status.”Former PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief and now Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, who brought up the issue on "agaw-bato" cops, said [PDEA chief] Aquino told President Duterte that Albayalde had asked not to implement the dismissal order against the Pampanga cops."Ang ginawa ni Aquino, itinapon niya sila sa Mindanao, para meron siyang action na ginawa," Magalong said.(What Aquino did was to deploy the cops to Pampanga so it could be said that he did something.)The discussion went on, however, without any of the senators asking both Albayalde and Aquino to confirm or deny Magalong's claim.In Nov. 2014, then-Region 3 Police Director Raul Petrasanta ordered the dismissal of Baloyo and his men, but this was not served and implemented immediately. In 2017, under the leadership of Chief Supt. Amador Corpus, the cops were merely demoted.Senators grilled Aquino on why he did not immediately act on the case of the Pampanga cops. He argued that President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs had just started when he was the head of the Central Luzon police and the case was admittedly put on the back burner.Up to this day, the Pampanga cops are still on active duty, and the justice department said it is expediting the review of their criminal cases.



  • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Gordon tells PNP chief Albayalde to 'consider resigning'


    MANILA - Sen. Richard Gordon advised Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde to consider stepping down from his post following reports of his alleged involvement in the "agaw-bato" scheme.

    "If I were him, I would probably consider resigning already... But that is his decision. I'm not going to influence him whatsoever," Gordon told ANC on Tuesday.

    In a Senate hearing, Albayalde was accused by Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, former PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief, of intervening in the case of the PNP chief's former men at the Pampanga police office who allegedly made off with millions worth of shabu seized in a November 2013 raid in Mexico town, Pampanga. 

    Albayalde was chief of Pampanga police when a team of police officers allegedly made money from 160 kilograms of shabu worth around P648 million following an anti-drug operation on an alleged Chinese drug lord.

    Magalong said, then-PNP chief Alan Purisima tipped him off about the allegedly anomalous operation after getting word that several officers, including Albayalde himself, started buying new cars.

    Albayalde, who will retire before the year ends, denied Magalong’s allegation.

    “I really don’t know what personal gripes Maj. Magalong here has on me. What I had in 2013 was a pick-up [truck]. I bought that from a neighbor,” Albayalde said during the Senate hearing.

    Gordon, head of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee which has been investigating the issue, seemed to agree with Magalong.

    "The impression is he (Albayalde) was trying to maybe intervene on behalf of his people," he said.

    Magalong, who is Albayalde's senior in the Philippine Military Academy, first appeared at the Senate on the investigation into alleged corruption at the Bureau of Corrections. He later bared the alleged involvement of police officers in recycling drugs seized in anti-narcotics operations


  • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    New SUVs tipped off PNP leadership vs 'agaw-bato' cops


    MANILA (UPDATE) - A November 2013 anti-narcotics operation that turned into an "agaw-bato" operation was only uncovered after intelligence officers who conducted the raid started buying new SUVs. 

    Former Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief and now Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said then-PNP chief Alan Purisima asked him in February 2014 to investigate a Nov. 29, 2013 anti-drug operation conducted by several cops in Woodbridge Subdivision in Mexico, Pampanga. 

    "'Benjie, imbestigahan mo nga ito. Just recently, nagkaroon ng operasyon itong mga bata sa Pampanga. Meron silang nakuhang 30-plus na kilos ng shabu pero bigla silang nagkaroon ng magagandang sasakyan sabay-sabay'," he recalled Purisima as saying. 

    The CIDG probe revealed that the cops seized some 200 kilos of shabu during the raid but only declared 38 kilos seized. The cops kept 60 kilos of shabu worth around P648 million, Magalong said. 

    Witnesses said there was so much shabu that it took 4 people to carry an oversized luggage full of drugs outside the house, he said. 

    "Apat na tao ang nagbubuhat at kitang-kita nila 'yung shabu ay tumutulo pa...There was no proper handling of evidence," he said. 

    Magalong said the police team also made off with an estimated P10 million seized during the drug raid, which targeted Chinese national Johnson Lee.

    He said an investigation revealed that the police let Lee go in exchange for P50 million. Another Chinese national who was nabbed from Clark Freeport Zone, identified in earlier reports as Ding Wengkun, was presented as the suspect in the case.

    "Those who witnessed the turnover said:' Sir, hindi naman 'yan 'yung nahuli'," Magalong said. 

    Magalong identified the cops involved in the operation as Sr. Insp. Joven de Guzman Jr., SPO1 Jules Maniago, SPO1 Ronald Santos, SPO1 Donald Roque, SPO1 Rommel Vital, SPO1 Alcinador Tinio, PO3 Dindo Dizon, PO3 Gilbert De Vera, PO3 Romeo Guerrero, PO2 Anthony Loleng Lacsamana, SPO1 Eligio Valeroso, and SPO1 Dante Dizon.

    Magalong said the team was led by then-Supt. Rodney Baloyo.

    Baloyo and his former team members were present in the hearing, except for Santos and Dizon.

    Then-Region 3 Police Director Raul Petrasanta filed cases against Baloyo's team, but Magalong said the case was too weak that he requested the official to withdraw the case.

    “When we went over the criminal case and had it reviewed by our lawyers, it turned out po na napakahina ng kaso na nafile, what I did was to confer with Gen. Purisima,” he said.

    “We conducted our investigation and we made sure we would have a strong case against these respondents.”

    Magalong said he retired from the police force with the case still pending. In 2017, he learned that Baloyo and his men were merely demoted by then-Central Luzon police chief Amador Corpus.

    PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde, the Pampanga police chief at the time, was relieved from duty in the wake of the allegedly anomalous operation.

    During Tuesday’s Senate hearing, Albayalde maintained his innocence amid allegations he had a hand in the alleged “agaw-bato” scheme.

    “I have endeavored to prove that I am worthy of the confidence reposed upon me by the President. I still endeavor to do so today,” he said.

  • lacroixlacroix Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    How come Duterte appoint a cheap PNP with such questionable integrity?

  • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Mga bata ni boss! Ex-PNP officials confirm Albayalde’s intervention in ‘ninja cops” dismissal


    Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde stepped in when he was the National Capital Region Police Office regional director to stop the implementation of the dismissal order against 13 police officials from Pampanga who were allegedly involved in reselling seized illegal drugs, two former police generals said.

    At the continuation of the Senate’s inquiry into the alleged corruption inside the Bureau of Corrections Tuesday (October 1), retired Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief and now Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said Albayalde called up then- PNP Region 3 regional director Aaron Aquino and asked him not to implement the dismissal order against the 13 cops in connection with an anti-drug operation in Pampanga in 2013.

    The 13 police officials were under Albayalde’s supervision as Pampanga police chief when the anti-drug operation occurred.

    Recalling the recent meeting he had with President Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Bong Go, and now Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Chief Aquino, Magalong said: “I told the President about the drug bust in 2013. Si Aaron, sinabi rin niya, inulit niya [sa Presidente] ‘yung sinabi niya sa akin. Sinabi niya kay Presidente na tinawagan siya ni General Albayalde, at sinabi sa kanya, huwag mo implement ‘yung [dismissal] order.”

    “Sabi niya (Aquino), bakit hindi ko i-implement? [Sabi ni Albayalde], kasi mga tao ko ‘yan. Kaya ang ginawa ni Aaron Aquino, tinapon niya sa Mindanao para mayroong aksyon siya na ginawa,” Magalong added.

    Aquino initially hesitated to confirm that Albayalde intervened to stop the dismissal of the Pampanga police officials.

    However, Magalong told Aquino to just tell the senators what they talked about in their meeting last week.

    “I know, Aaron you are in a tight situation. Bakit hindi mo sabihin kung ano yung sinabi mo sakin? Sinong kumausap sa ‘yo?” he said.

    Aquino confirmed that then-NCRPO chief Albayalde called him sometime between July and December 2016 to ask about the status of the dismissal order against the 13 Pampanga police officials.

    “Nagtatanong siya (Albayalde) ng status of the case nina Baloyo and I told him na gusto kong ireview muna ‘yung kaso na ‘yun nung time na yun,” he said.

    “Sinabi niya sa akin na ‘Sir, for the meantime, baka pwedeng ipa-review n’yo muna ‘yan at ipa-check kasi gusto kong malaman kung ano talaga ang magiging result ng investigation na ‘yan.’ Sabi ko bakit mo tinatanong, ‘Kasi, sir mga tao ko ‘yan,’” Aquino added.

    The PDEA chief said he told Albayalde then that he will ask the chief regional legal officer to review it.

    Albayalde admitted calling up Aquino about the Pampanga dismissal order but insisted that he only wanted to know its status. He denied trying to influence Aquino.

    “Yes, I asked for the status, only the status. I could not possibly influence an RD (regional director) or an upperclassman,” said Albayalde, who graduated later than Aquino from the Philippine Military Academy.

    “I would ask them because people would also be asking me, the fate of their father, the fate of these policemen, it was because I was the former provincial director,” the PNP chief added.


  • gotta lick itgotta lick it Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    lacroix said:

    How come Duterte appoint a cheap PNP with such questionable integrity?

    kasi they did the DuDirty Modus ... pinakawalan yun Chinese DrugLord



    F.Y.I.

    those NINJA Cops were charged and demoted but

    DuDitry promoted them to juicy, sensitive, and higher position

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