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PNP’s OIC Gamboa to review downgrading of dismissal order against ‘ninja cops’

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PNP’s OIC Gamboa to review downgrading of dismissal order against ‘ninja cops’
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The officer in charge (OIC) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said he will personally review the case involving the 13 Pampanga police officers, whose dismissal order for alleged involvement in a drug-recycling case was downgraded to mere demotion.

Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, who was appointed by President Duterte to head the PNP vice Gen. Oscar Albayalde, said as a lawyer, he is aware of several options to take to ensure the outcome of the review will be satisfactory to the Chief Executive and the public.

“Abogado naman ako and baka matingnan natin nang maayos. Rest assured sa publiko, wala itong bias,” Gamboa said in an interview with radio station DZMM on Thursday (October 17).

Gamboa noted that he has the “disciplinary authority” to review the case, which is now also being investigated by the Senate in aid of legislation.

He said there are other offices within the PNP that can ensure better appreciation of the evidence against the implicated Pampanga police officers, who were accused of pilfering 160 kilos of methamphetamine that they seized in an operation in 2013. 

Albayalde’s name was dragged into the case, as witnesses in the Senate probe said he tried to intervene in behalf of these officers. Albayalde left his post ahead of his scheduled retirement next month.

Gamboa also vowed to address the disappointment expressed by Duterte over the “ninja cops” controversy involving uniformed personnel who are recycling narcotics confiscated in operations.

“Lahat naman ng nag-attend doon napakinggan nila iyon,” Gamboa said. “It’s a challenge on my leadership, kahit na OIC ako, that I should do something about the impression of the President. Hindi naman kailangan ko pang, ‘Sir ano bang gawin natin?’ Dapat may initiative ako kung anong dapat kong gawin at ipiniprepara ko iyan.” 

Gamboa is among the top candidates for the post vacated by Albayalde, his classmate at the Philippine Military Academy.

Head of Internal Affairs Service backs proposal strengthening the agency amid ‘ninja cops’ mess

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Head of Internal Affairs Service backs proposal strengthening the agency amid ‘ninja cops’ mess
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The head of the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) supported a proposed bill that seeks to make the agency independent of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the setup in other countries like the United States that makes it more effective in combatting malpractices among men in uniform.

Lawyer Alfegar Triambulo, director of IAS, said they have been meaning to ask lawmakers to pass a law that will strengthen the agency, including its independence from the PNP and the power to launch both criminal and administrative investigations against rogue cops.

Triambulo added that they also want mechanisms that would enable them to give better protection to witnesses against corrupt police officers.

“Maraming gustong magsalita laban sa katiwalian sa pulis natin, pero natatakot kasi wala nga kaming ibinibigay na proteksyon sa kanila,” Triambulo said in an interview with radio station DZMM on Wednesday (October 16).

He added: ”Aming isinusulong na maging independent katulad ng mga IAS na aming napuntahan sa ibang bansa kaya sila ay matibay at kinatatakutan ng mga police organization.” 

Last October 15, Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party-list Rep. Jericho Nograles called on fellow lawmakers to expedite the approval of proposals seeking to separate the IAS from the PNP chain-of-command.

Nograles said an independent IAS is needed now more than ever due to the diminished integrity of the existing IAS amid allegations of a cover-up by top police officials on the wrongdoings of their subordinates in the so-called “ninja cops” controversy.

The IAS currently reports to the PNP chief, as it is an essential part of the disciplinary mechanism of the organization. “It means that the IAS, based on their findings, can only recommend an action to the PNP chief. There is a flaw in the procedure because the IAS is only a recommendatory body, they have no prosecutorial powers,” Nograles said.

“As the office that oversees the conduct of the uniformed personnel, the IAS should be free from influence, pressure, and intervention from the chief PNP, and other high-ranking PNP officers in adjudicating administrative cases,” he added.

The lawmaker said if the IAS becomes independent, the recommendations of the agency will be given more importance. “I also want to give them prosecutorial powers para sila na mismo ang totoong magpu-pulis sa mga pulis (so that the IAS itself will truly police the police).”

Nograles filed House Bill 3065, seeking the removal of IAS from the supervision and control of the PNP chief. It aims to transfer the agency under the direct supervision of the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government.

Apart from investigating and adjudicating administrative wrongdoings of PNP personnel, the proposed measure also seeks to empower the IAS to have recommendatory powers in the selection and promotion of PNP personnel, including the PNP chief. The IAS could also provide assistance to the Office of the Ombudsman and other PNP Disciplinary Offices in cases involving PNP personnel. It can also recommend the admission to the witness protection program of the Department of Justice of witnesses who are vital to the prosecution of PNP personnel involved in criminal cases. 

Triambulo said the IAS in the country is not feared by rogue police officers because of its current structure, unlike in other jurisdictions.

Duterte deferring action vs ‘ninja cops’ until end of Senate, DILG investigations

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Duterte deferring action vs ‘ninja cops’ until end of Senate, DILG investigations
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with the members of his delegation at a hotel in Moscow, Russian Federation on October 2, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Duterte is deferring any action against police officers—including the current chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP)—who were implicated in the alleged recycling of seized illegal drugs until the Senate has completed its probe on the so-called “ninja cops”.

Duterte’s spokesman and chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo said in a statement that the President is closely monitoring the developments in the Senate hearings even while he is fulfilling his commitments in his second state visit to Russia.

“As our Chief Executive has mentioned in many occasions, there will be hell to pay for those who become worse than criminals. The President, however, will let Congress do and finish its investigation in aid of legislation before taking any formal action on the issue of these ninja cops,” Panelo said.

He added: “The President’s unyielding posture against illegal drugs and those who destroy the country, regardless of whether they belong to the government, by spreading these substances in our communities, will not waver.”

Aside from the Senate probe, Duterte has tasked Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo to conduct a parallel internal probe on the “ninja cops” controversy, which dragged the name of PNP Chief, General Oscar Albayalde. 

“He will wait for the recommendation of the DILG Secretary when he is finished with his internal investigation,” Panel said.

In one of the hearings of the Senate, Albayalde’s name was mentioned by former Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief and now Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong as one of the personalities linked to the recycling of illegal drugs that were seized during police operations. Albayalde denied Magalong’s allegations.

Panelo said at this time, Albayalde still has the backing of Duterte. “Until such time that he (Duterte) says that he doesn’t have, the presumption is the General has his trust and confidence.”

Duterte is currently on a five-day official visit to Russia.

In a forum in Valdai, Russia, Duterte said: ”When I took over, I found out about nine generals were involved in the trafficking of drugs. And right now, even as I fly here and go back, there are about again two generals who are still playing with drugs. And I said, ‘Well, I told you do not destroy my country because it is being flooded with drugs.’” 

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