DOJ indicts Albayalde, 12 cops in 2013 Pampanga drug raid

The Department of Justice ordered on Thursday the filing of criminal charges against retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde and 12 others in relation to the controversial anti-drug operation in Pampanga in November 2013. 


In a resolution, the panel of prosecutors who re-investigated the case found probable cause to charge Albayalde with violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. 
The panel anchored its findings on Albayalde’s non-implementation of an order penalizing the police officers involved in the assailed drug operation.

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Meanwhile, Supt. Rodney Raymundo Louie Juico Baloyo IV; Insp. Joven Bagnot De Guzman, Jr.; Senior Police Officer 1 Jules Lacap Maniago; SPO1 Donald Castro Roque; SPO1 Ronald Bayas Santos, SPO1 Rommel Muñoz Vital; SPO1 Alcindor Mangiduyos Tinio; PO3 Dindo Singian Dizon; PO3 Gilbert Angeles De Vera; PO3 Romeo Encarnacio Guerrero, Jr.; SPO1 Eligio Dayos Valeroso; and SPO1 Dante Mercado Dizon were indicted for the following offenses in violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002:
-Misappropriation, misapplication or failure to account for the confiscated, seized and/or surrendered dangerous drugs
-Planting of evidence
-Delay and bungling in the prosecution of drugs cases
The panel also recommended the filing of charges against Albayalde and the 12 police officers for qualified bribery under the Revised Penal Code. 
It found that Baloyo and his men misappropriated drugs when they declared that only 36.60 kilograms of shabu was seized during their operations, while the subsequent police investigation indicated that about 200 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride was actually recovered.
The group of policemen likewise declared the cash they obtained from the operation to be only PHP300,000 while the evidence indicated that said amount reached PHP10 million. 
The panel based the actual volume of the drugs and amount of money seized during the operation on, among others, the declaration contained in the Affidavit of Direct Participation of de Guzman and nine other respondents.
Some of the respondents were likewise found to have failed to declare and account for a Toyota Fortuner vehicle which was also seized during the operation. 
The panel also found Baloyo’s group chargeable with the crimes of planting of evidence, bungling of the prosecution of a drug case, and qualified bribery.  
It noted that the group: (a) illegally arrested one Ding Wenkun instead of Johnson Lee from whom they seized the drugs; and (b) implicated or imputed upon Wenkun the crime of illegal sale and possession of dangerous drugs despite their knowledge that it was Lee who should be charged therefor. The case against Wenkun was eventually dismissed by the court.
The panel recommended the filing of an information for violating regulations issued by the Dangerous Drugs Board regarding the chain of custody of evidence against Guerrero and Santos, information for falsification by a public officer against Baloyo who made untruthful statements in his Spot Report and Progress Report regarding the operation; and another information for false testimony and perjury in solemn affirmation against Santos and Guerrerro Jr. who made untruthful statements in their affidavit of arrest against Wenkun.  
The panel’s findings against Albayalde will be endorsed to the Office of the Ombudsman which has primary jurisdiction over crimes falling under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Sandiganbayan.  
Under Republic Act 10660, the Sandiganbayan has exclusive original jurisdiction in cases involving PNP officers occupying the position of provincial director and holding the rank of senior superintendent and higher.  
In October last year, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra ordered the reinvestigation of the case, after the original complaint filed against Baloyo’s group was dismissed by the then investigating prosecutor for insufficiency of evidence. 
In the same resolution, the DOJ said the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group failed to provide enough evidence to show that Albayalde had a hand in the misappropriation of seized drugs in a 2013 raid.
“The panel only found probable cause against P/Gen Albayalde for violation of the law against graft and corrupt practices act. It found that the acts attributed to Albayalde happened after the conduct of the anti-illegal drugs operations of the Baloyo group,” Justice Undersecretary and DOJ Spokesperson Markk Perete said.
In coming up with a new resolution, the panel relied on additional evidence presented by the parties and their witnesses, as well as on the report on the Senate investigation led by Senator Richard Gordon. (PNA)
with Albayalde photo



duterte rodrigo

One of the reasons why President Rodrigo Duterte  having trouble choosing the next chief of the Philippine National Police is because many police and military personnel are involved in the illegal drug trade.

“Police officers have lots of problems. Even these generals, they’re involved in the illegal drug trade. That’s what I don’t like. Even generals,” Duterte said in an interview in Malacanang Thursday night.

If he could not decide on whom he would appoint as the next chief of  the PNP, Duterte said he would rather lead the police force himself.
While Duterte said that even police generals are involved in drug dealing, he said earlier on November 9 that three police generals on his list of contenders for the next PNP chief are “all good.”


The contenders are  PNP officer-in-charge, Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa, Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan, deputy chief for operations and Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, former Metro Manila police director and now head of the Directorial Staff.
Duterte said he was taking his time in deciding who the next PNP chief will be because he is still conducting an “extensive background check” to ensure the next top cop is free of corruption cases.
“If they have even a single case of corruption, you’re out,” Duterte said in a chance interview with reporters on Thursday night.
“I would rather not appoint anybody for that matter. Ako na ang hahawak (I will handle it). I will be the one directing…guidance and direction lang naman ako (I will only be there for guidance and direction),” he added.
Asked what would push him to lead the police force himself, Duterte said he would only come up with the decision as a last resort.
albayaldeHe, meanwhile, urged the PNP to suggest the “best guy” who could replace resigned PNP chief Oscar Albayalde who stepped down on Oct. 14 amid the “ninja cops” issue.
“Show me, tell me, who’s the best to handle the command. Just give me an honest man, period. And for all of the Cabinet members including the military men who are about to enter the civilian service. Just be honest, that’s all,” Duterte said.
He also admitted that there were “so many things that the police has to improve on.”
“Itong pulis maraming problema. Pati itong mga generals…nila kasama sa droga. Yan ang ayaw ko diyan. Pati generals (These police, they have lots of problems. Even these generals, they’re involved in the illegal drug trade. That’s what I don’t like. Even generals),” Duterte said.
Duterte admitted that he failed to fulfill his campaign promise to end the illegal drug trade within six months because he did not know the gravity of the country’s drug problem until he became president.
“Hindi lumabas ‘yan hangga’t di ako naging presidente (That didn’t surface until I became president),” Duterte said.



Had direct control and supervision over the operation…until he was administratively relieved

Retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde was aware of the details of the November 2013 controversial anti-drug raid by his men who were tagged as ‘ninja cops’ in Pampanga, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said Monday.

“He had direct control and supervision over the operation…until he was administratively relieved,” the CIDG said in its reply-affidavit signed by Lt. Col. Julius B. Sagandoy and Lt. Col. Dennis L. Wagas.


“Despite knowledge of the irregularities in the said operations, he remained mum and even applauded respondents Baloyo and his team for a job well done,” they added.
Albayalde was Pampanga police chief when Maj. Rodney Raymundo Louie Baloyo IV led the raid at the house rented by Johnson Lee located at Lot 21 and 22 Narra corner Waling Waling Streets, Woodbridge Subdivision, Lakeshore, Barangay Divisoria in Mexico town on November 29, 2013.
Albayalde was administratively relieved and placed on floating status from his post in March 2014, four months after the incident.
The CIDG pointed out that Baloyo’s team failed to comply with the “chain of custody” required by the law and “failed to immediately mark the seized illegal drugs”
“Respondent (Police General) Albayalde was fully informed about every detail that was happening during the raid, including, but not limited to the marked money, pre-arranged signal, suspects’ arrest and confiscation of suspected shabu placed in one open luggage and one medium size box.
“Albayalde was aware that the recovered shabu with an actual weight of 36.68 kilograms and the cash money were turned over to authorities,” the PNP-CIDG said.
Albayalde bowed out of the service on Friday after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government earlier said there is not enough proof to charge Albayalde administratively but said he is liable for command responsibility. (PNA)


Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde relinquished his post as he goes into non-duty status (NDS) effective Monday, October 14,  barely more than three weeks before his mandatory retirement amid allegations dragging him into the reselling of seized illegal drugs.

He said his move aims to pave the way for President Rodrigo R. Duterte to choose the new PNP chief.

“After careful thought and deliberation, I have come to the decision to relinquish my post as Chief, PNP effective today and go on a non-duty status. I have submitted my letter of intent to Secretary Año which he accepted and favorably endorsed to the President,” Albayalde told PNP personnel during his speech at the flag-raising ceremony in Camp Crame on Monday.

“Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to talk to the SILG (Secretary of Interior and Local Government) Eduardo Año, about the events that have transpired in recent days, particularly the Senate investigation on the alleged “agaw-bato” issue in which I am being implicated,” he said.

Albayalde, who is set to retire on Nov. 8, was implicated in the issue of “ninja cops” or policemen involved in reselling illegal drugs.

He was the Pampanga provincial police director when 13 of his men were involved in an anti-illegal drug operation in November 2013 which was found to be irregular.


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Albayalde has been in hot water in the past weeks after he allegedly intervened with the implementation of the dismissal order against the 13 cops which was investigated by the Senate justices committee. He repeatedly denied the accusations being thrown against him.

Año said Deputy Chief for Administration Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa will serve as the PNP’s officer-in-charge until such time that Duterte appoints Albayalde’s successor.

In a statement, Año said he endorsed Albayalde’s intent to Duterte on Sunday night which he said had been accepted.

He also commended Albayalde for his “selfless act in order to spare the PNP organization of the on-going controversy”.

“This will allow the PNP to move on and continue exercising its mandate of protecting and serving the people. I thank him for his dedicated and distinguished service as head of the PNP,” he said.

Año confirmed that Albayalde had been contemplating going on an NDS since last week.

“He had been contemplating that move since last week. He wrote a letter to the President and he formally submitted the letter to me last Saturday,” said Año in a radio interview.


Año also revealed that Gamboa, Lt. Gen. Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, who was named new Deputy Chief for Operations, and Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, who was named as Chief Directorial Staff, are candidates as next PNP chief.

“Gamboa, oo candidate nga siya (Yes, Gamboa is a candidate) but he is the most senior police official, kasama siya doon sa shortlist na isa-submit natin (he is included in the shortlist that we will submit also including) Gen. Cascolan, at (and) Maj. Gen. Eleazar pero baka tingnan natin baka meron pang idagdag ako, depende na lang within the week isa-submit ko ‘yan (but let’s see, we might add more, within the week I will submit the list),” Año said in a separate radio interview.

He said he would submit his recommendation letter on October 18.

In a press briefing in Camp Crame, Gamboa said that he would ensure the continuity of plans and projects.

“With this responsibility, I assure the continuous implementation of all ongoing campaign plans on internal security, anti-criminality, anti-illegal drugs and anti-corruption in line with national priorities and direction of President Rodrigo Duterte who is expected to appoint the 23rd Chief PNP in the coming days,” Gamboa said.



The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday said it has asked the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to issue a ‘red notice’ to expedite the arrest of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) leader Jose Maria “Joma” Sison for his alleged involvement in the so-called Inopacan massacre in Leyte.


PNP chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde said they are now coordinating with the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime (PCTC) to start the process against Sison who is currently in self-exile in Utrecht, Netherlands.

“The PNP, thru the PCTC, is making representations with the Interpol for the issuance of a red notice for the arrest of Jose Maria Sison to face trial in the Philippines for the crime of murder,” Albayalde told reporters during the press briefing held at Camp Crame.

A red notice forces police worldwide to go after fugitives who are hiding in their respective countries.

The PCTC is the Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) in the Philippines.

“Sison is in self-exile in Utrecht, The Netherlands from where he continues to exercise command and control of the New People’s Army, the military arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines under the umbrella of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines that is waging a terrorist campaign in some parts of the Philippines,” Albayalde said.

“His wife and co-accused Juliet De Lima Sison is with him in the Netherlands,” he added.

The PNP chief said the legal basis for an Interpol red notice is an arrest warrant or court order issued by judicial authorities in a country.

On Aug. 28, the Regional Trial Court Branch 32 in Manila issued the warrant of arrest against self-exiled Sison and 37 individuals including National Democratic Front (NDF) consultants Luis Jalandoni, Prudencio Calubid, and Geronimo Pasetes.

RTC Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina ordered the arrest of the 38 individuals for their alleged involvement in the so-called Inopacan massacre in Leyte on Sept. 2, 1985. No bail was recommended.

Based on estimates of former rebels and the victims’ relatives, the Inopacan massacre, dubbed by the New People’s Army as “Oplan Venereal Disease”, claimed the lives of about 300 residents in Leyte province.

The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (PNA)

PNP chief open to Mindanao martial law extension


Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde is open to the possibility of extending martial law in Mindanao following the deadly explosion in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat.

Albayalde made the comment in reaction to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea’s statement that the martial law extension may be an “option” in the wake of the Sultan Kudarat blast that left at least two people dead and over 30 injured.

Kung ako wala naman kasing masamang idinudulot ang martial law doon. I think, it’s part of peace and security doon sa area. And in fact, nakakabuti siguro doon saeconomic development doon sa lugar na yun. Then why not, (For me, nothing bad happened with the imposition of martial law there. I think, it’s part of peace and security in the area. And in fact, it has probably improved the economic development of the area. Then why not?),” Albayalde told reporters after attending a budget hearing at the House of Representatives.

When asked if the imposition of martial law is ineffective given such incident occurred, Albayalde said the lack of military rule might even worsen the situation.

Hindi naman siguro (I don’t think it’s [ineffective]). Probably baka kung walangmartial law baka mas marami pa yan (maybe there would be more [attacks] without martial law),” Albayalde said.

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Albayalde said security forces are on full alert status amid the prevailing martial law in the southern region.

“Because of the incident, whether it’s martial law or not, we made our forces there on full alert status already,” Albayalde said.

Albayalde, during the budget briefing of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, cited the need to improve intelligence gathering capability to prevent such “incidents from happening.” He left the hearing early to catch his flight to Sultan Kudarat.

Reports showed that the blast happened around 8:34 p.m. Tuesday, when an improvised explosive device went off in front of J and H Marketing along the national highway in Barangay Kalawag 3, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat.

Martial law in Mindanao was declared on May 23, 2017 following attacks launched by the Maute Group in Marawi City. It was extended by Congress at the President’s request and will end on Dec. 31, 2018. (PNA)

SAP GO: Presidentcommitted to improve health care for PNP

Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher “Bong” Go said President Rodrigo Duterte remains committed to improving the health services that are being provided for the Philippine National Police, and ensured that there will be a fair treatment among the military and police with regard to the medical services and assistance they receive.

In a media interview during his visit to the PNP-Health Service anniversary on Wednesday, he assured that there will be improvements and modernization for the national police.


TOKEN OF APPRECIATION. Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go receives a token of appreciation from Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde as the former served as guest of honor and speaker during the PNP Health Service’s 25th anniversary held at the PNP Multi-Purpose Hall in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Wednesday (Aug. 1, 2018). Go said PNP health service is a “fine way” to give lawmen and their families medical treatment without having to shell out money from their pocket. (PNA photo by Joey Razon)

Sinabi ni Pangulong Duterte na kung ano ang naibigay sa AFP, iyong pag-improve ng Veterans Hospital, iyon din ang ibibigay sa PNP Health Services (President Duterte said whatever is being given to the AFP, like the improvement of the Veterans Hospital, will be done to the PNP Health Services),” Go said.

The presidential assistant said the priority of the Duterte administration has always been the police and the military, because the Chief Executive puts huge importance in maintaining the country’s peace and order.

This has been apparent, Go said, when Duterte fulfilled his promise to increase the base pay of the police – a promise he made in 2016 — even without the unforeseen wars and conflicts that happened under the his administration.

Go assured the PNP that there will be improved facilities and a modernized PNP General Hospital.

SAP Go also mentioned that he will check the current status of the development of the medical facilities in Camp Panopio.

Duterte’s closest aide said he already discussed with PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde other things that need to be addressed to improve health services for the police.

Tutungo po kami sa hospital. Initially, napagusapan na po namin ni General Albayalde including his wife yung mga pagkukulang po; at sabi po ng ating pangulo kung ano yung nabibigay ko sa mga armed forces, sa mga militar, ibibigay ko rin po sa kapulisan yung mga pagkukulang ko (We will be visiting the hospital [PNP General Hospital]. Initially, I’ve talked to General Albayalde and his wife about the disparities and shortcomings, and the President said that whatever is being given to the armed forces, to the military, must also be given to the police),” Go said.

The President, Go said, values the utmost importance of the police and the military because they are the front-liners in ensuring peace and order in the country. (PR)