Albayalde won’t face admin raps over ‘ninja cops’ controversy

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National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde, resigned from Philippine, will face no administrative charges over an anomalous drug raid in Pampanga in 2013, the National Police Commission said Wednesday.

It’s hard to prove he knew about the operation from the very start, Napolcom’s vice president and executive officer, Rogelio Casurao, said.

We presented the facts that we were able to discover and send to the Secretary of the DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government) and then they found that there was no ground for charging Albayalde administratively.”

Earlier, the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee recommended that Albayalde and his former subordinates be charged with drugs and graft.

Senate panel recommends a drug, graft charges vs. Albayalde, 13 ‘ninja cops’ Albayalde was Pampanga Police Head when 13 of his officers were charged with pilfering some P648 million shabu from a 2013 operation against a suspected Chinese drug lord. Former chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Team Benjamin Magalong charged Albayalde with blocking the dismissal order against his former subordinates, which was refuted by the former chief of the PNP.

Another retired police officer, Rudy Lacadin, said he was called up by Albayalde to inquire about the so-called ninja cop’s case and reportedly admitted he had some of the drug loot. Official ex-police drags Albayalde into Lacadin’s ‘ninja cops’ mess when asked by Napolcom, he said he took Albayalde’s comment “for granted because it didn’t mean anything to him, Casurao said.

We asked him, ‘ Didn’t you consider it very important in the middle of an investigation? ‘ he replied, ‘ I didn’t want to muddle my findings and assumptions with his claims because I could be deceived, Casurao said.

There is a need for sufficient evidence to establish guilt in an administrative case, the official of Napolcom said. Whatever is discussed in the legislative inquiry, people think it will be the basis of an indictment, which is a misconception of what legislative investigations are,” he said. We must not lose sight of the fact that what is meant to be done in legislative inquiry is to change our laws. These are two different things that should distinguish the kind of evidence needed in an administrative investigation and legislative support. According to Casurao, Albayalde, who quit last month, will receive his terminal benefits when he retires on November 8. Subject to the outcome of the cases that could be filed against him, however, as for the pension, he said. The Justice Department is re-investigating the case against the police officers in Pampanga, while the CIDG has lodged a complaint against the ninja policemen and Albayalde.

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