Reinvestigation vs ‘ninja cops’ has begun

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has begun an investigation into so-called ‘ninja cops’ involved in the alleged drug raid in Pampanga in 2013.

“No show” to the DOJ is Police Major Rodney Baloyo, the team leader of the group that allegedly recycles illegal drugs.

Baloyo is currently being detained at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) after being held in contempt of the Senate, for allegedly lying.

His lawyer Atty. Donie Rey Again, Baloyo will not file further evidence and therefore should not attend the hearing.

Of the 200 kilos of shabu they recovered in the drug bust, the group surrendered only 38 kilograms.

It appears that about 160 kilograms of shabu worth P648 million were excluded from Baloyo’s group’s report that he allegedly killed Chinese drug lord Johnson Lee in 2013.

This is at the heart of the Senate’s investigation of ‘ninja cops’ which was revealed by former PNP-CIDG Director Benjamin Magalong.

First of all, with the validity of Department order No. 528 issued by Justice Sec. Menardo Guevarra, the DOJ 3-man panel of prosecutors has begun a re-investigation of the complaint filed by the PNP-CIDG against 13 ‘ninja cops’.

In March 2014, the CIDG indicted Baloyo’s group on four covert charges including violations of Sections 27 (misappropriation), 29 (planting) and 32 (custody and disposition) under the Dangerous Drugs Act.

But in 2017, all cases against the group were dismissed.

The DOJ Panel gave the CIDG five days to file additional evidence and supplemental or amended complaints.

The next hearing will be held on October 21.