By Hannah Torregoza
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said on Friday that the indictment of former police chief Oscar Albayalde should serve as a strong warning to the so-called “ninja cops” that the law was finally catching on them.
Drilon’s issued the statement after the Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted Albayde, former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and 12 other police officers in relation to a 2013 anti-drug operation in Mexico, Pampanga.
The DOJ found probable cause to pursue graft and corruption charges against Albayalde based on his non-implementation of an order, which sought to penalize the police officers involved in the said drug operation.
Drilon reiterated that an indictment of a former top official of the PNP should send a clear signal to unscrupulous members of the police force involved in the recycling of seized illegal drugs.
“Your days are numbered,” Drilon said.
“You may not be caught today or tomorrow but, certainly, the law will catch up with you and send you behind bars,” he stressed.
“The justice system may be slow, but no one can escape from it,” Drilon added.
At the same time, Drilon commended the DOJ’s action against the “ninja” cops.
“I commend and fully support the decision of the Department of Justice to indict former Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde and the 12 ninja cops involved in the recycling of seized illegal drugs in relation to a 2013 anti-drug operation in Mexico, Pampanga,” the Senate minority leader said.
“In the face of the evidence against Albayalde and his inability to provide evidence to the contrary, his indictment is the right thing to do. Any thing less than that would have been a mockery and a slap in the face of Philippine justice system,” he said.
Drilon also stressed that the only way the Duterte government can end the cycle of illegal drugs in the Philippines is to go after the root cause of the problem.
“It is only when we stop the impunity that we can truly end this decades-old problem of recycling of illegal drugs perpetuated by these so-called ninja cops, the very same people in charge of this administration’s bloody anti-illegal drug war that has killed over 5,000 Filipinos,” the lawmaker said.