NATIONAL Police chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde has been summoned to a Senate investigation into police officers allegedly involved in the recycling of seized illegal drugs next week.
Albayalde was among those asked to attend the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee investigation as an offshoot of the irregularities in the implementation of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA). The controversy resulted in revelations about its connection to the proliferation of illegal drugs.
Camp Crame spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said Albayalde is prepared to face the committee and shed light on the existence of the alleged “ninja cops.”
The police, he said, has the “best interest of justice, fairness, and good governance in uncovering the truth” behind the alleged involvement of officers in recycling drug evidence.
“Let the axe fall where it may. We bow to the discretion of the Senate if it so desires to make public the names of PNP members whom it tags as ‘ninja cops,’” Banac said.
“We request, however, that the Senate exercise due diligence in protecting the rights of these persons against undue persecution,” he added.
On Tuesday night, the Senate approved Sen. Ronald dela Rosa’s motion authorizing the Senate Blue Ribbon and justice committees to release to the public the identities of officers allegedly involved in the reselling of seized illegal drugs.
A total of 17 senators voted to approve the motion to authorize these committees to disclose the contents regarding the so-called “ninja cops” discussed in an executive session.
On Thursday, Albayalde said the syndicate of “ninja cops” no longer exists in the National Police — only rogue cops involved in drugs recycling who were operating on their own.
He said it was the primary reason for the creation of the Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (Imeg), the anti-scalawag unit of the National Police.
A total of 762 policemen, believed to be involved in the recycling of illegal drugs or under the payroll of illegal drugs syndicates, are being monitored for their alleged link to illegal drug activities, Albayalde said. (PNA)