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Monday, October L4, 2}1rg

is then expected to cause t}le de-

Ninia cops a good argument sttuction of the seized drugs, also
in the presence of a representative
vs death penalty - solon from the media, the DOJ and arl
elected official.
A sworn certihcation of the
BY WEI{DELI VIGIUA Gordon eatLiet claimed that for- dtugs destroyed, along with a
mer Cenral Luzon regional police preserved representative sample
"NINJA cops" will Iikely exploit chief Gen. Rudy Lacadrn executed - duly weighed and recorded - is
the death penalty sanction if a sworn statemeflt regarding the then submitted to the court and
Congress revives the law, Buhay allegations he huded during the kept by PDEA for use as evidence.
party-list Rep. Lito Atienza saii lfednesday hearing Intedor Secretary Eduardo A-do
yesterday as he rallied against the Anti-Crime and Terrorism Com- said he will submit to President
return of tie capital punishment munity lovolvement and Support Duterte by Friday this week his rec-
in the country's statutes. (ACT-CIS) Rep. Eric Yap ommendation fot the nert PNP chie€
Atienza said recent revelations said both the PNP and the Senate Afro said his list may include the
about the continued criminal activi- should continue with its investiga- three police generals drat Sen. Chris-
'ties of ninja cops is a good argu- tion to dig deeper into the illegal topher 'tsong ' Go had previously
ment against proposals to revive the activities of police scalawags. mentioned will be iocluded in t}le
death penalty because unscrupulous 'lffe hope that the investigations short list for dre next police chie(
policemen ca-tr easily plarlt evidence will continue and fot it out an end The thtee that were mentioned
'-to ftame up innocent individuals. to the many issues that were un- by Go were Maj. Gen. Guillermo
"These ninja cops ate bound to eatthed, sarting from the GCTA Eleazar and Lt, Gens. Archie Gam-
use the hazard of death sentences (Good Conduct Time Allowance) boa and Camilo Cascolan,
to threaten their victims of extor- mess in thb Bureau of Corections "\X/ala pa (akong nare-tecom-
tion, if
and when Congress brings (BuCot)," he said. mend). Ilung tado na sinabi ni Sen,
back capiral punishment," said Yap is hoping that the investiga- Bong Go, more or less ay iluo din
Atienza. a staunch opponenr of tions will lead to the filing of appro- ilung lalabas sa recommendation
death penalty advocates. priate charges against all the of6cials ko fNone yet. The dree mentioned
Aienza said ordinary citizens involved in the alleged rtcyclfig'of by Sen. Bong Go, more or less will
will become vulllerable to poten- ' illegal &ugs by some police officials come out in my recommenda-
tial dtug evidence-planting and and their subordinates. tion]," Afro said.
extoltro4. He said the GCTA issue fizzled The requirements being consid-
"Every citizen is vuloerable to out with the r€signation of former ered for the next PNP chief in-
potential drug evidence-planring BuCot chief Nicanot Faldon "and dude seniority, merit ot reputation,
and extottion by rhese po[ce scala- I'm hoping that *re same thing will and experience or performance of
wags who are illegally hoarding not happen when Gen. Albayalde asslgnment.
seized drugs, and whos. vacates his post." Aio said he has been too focused
sole motivation is to use their posi- "People should be held account- . oo theDILGb ninjacops inr,estiga-
tions of authority to make m-oney able for the ninja cops contro- tion and has not put too much at-
for themselves." he said. r.ersy," said the neophyte lawmaker tention on his recommendation list.
PNP Chief Gen" Oscar Albayalde who chaim the House committee On the investigations on the ninja
has been the subiect of rhe inquLv on games and amusement. cops, Aio said he is waiting for the
by dre Senare Blue Ribbon commii- Atienza noted that the Dan, conclusion of t}le Senate inquhy to
- tee into a questionable be able to wrap up his own probe.
drug bust getous Drugs Act mandates that
operation caried out six years ago vrithin 24 hous upon seizure, all The President had otdered Aio
Sen. fuchard Gordon last wiek illegal drugs have to be delivered to to conduct a separate investigation
said the Senate blue ribbon and the Philippine Drug Enforcemenr on the ninja cops and to submit
justice committees have collated Agencyt pDEA) forensic labora- his recommendations, from which
documentary and testimooial tory for qualitative and quantitative Duterte will decide if he will uphold
evidence ro back allegations link- exar nauon. ot reject the decision and eventually
ing Albayalde to "agaw-bato" op- The PDEA! forensic laboratory decide the fare of *re ninja cops.
eratrons of rogue cops previously is then required to produce wi*rin Albayalde, who is set to retire on
assigned to Pampanga during the 24 to 48 hours a svzorn cetification Novembet 8, has been under fire
time that he was the Pampansa of examination results under oadr. following the alleged involvement
police provincia.l ofFce diteitoi After the filing of criminal of 13-ering po)icemen in the re-
charges in coutt, tlle judge, within cycling and selling of illegal drugs

' P^q"-g, 72 hours, is then expected to con-

duct an ocular inspection of the
that y'ere seized during a poiice
operetion in Mexico in Pampanga
in 2013. -Albayalde at the time was
confiscated drugs.
Witlin 24 hours after the inspec the Pampanga provincial police
tion, the courg through the PDEA, cl'ief . -With Joecljn MontcmoJor