Albayalde files counter-affidavit

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MANILA, Philippines — Former PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde has filed a counter-affidavit in connection with the Philippine National Police-CIDG’s complaints against the so-called “Ninja Cops” in connection with the controversial anti-drug raid in Pampanga in 2013.

Albayalde was one of the respondents to the complaint, filed by the CIDG with the Department of Justice following days of extensive hearings called by the Senate’s Blue Ribbon Committee in connection with alleged recycling and selling of confiscated illegal drugs by “Ninja Cops.”

Albayalde personally swore before the DOJ panel of prosecutors with his counter-affidavit.

Police Major Rodney Baloyo has filed his counter-statement together with other co-respondents in the case.

Aside from Albayalde, respondents include former staffs in Pampanga under the leadership of Baloyo, who are alleged to be behind the recycling of confiscated drugs during their anti-drugs operation in Pampanga.

Prior to the hearing, the working media noted Albayalde’s entry into the hearing room wherein Baloyo stood up but the former PNP chief only looked at him.

Also present at the hearing were 11 of the 12 other police respondents in the case.

The panel has set its next hearing on November 11, 2019. (BC/Chris Figueroa/IAMIGO/CNS)

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