MANILA – The National Police Commission (Napolcom) vowed to release the result of the investigation on the ninja cops controversy before former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde retires from service next month.
Napolcom vice chair and executive officer Rogelio Casurao said in a radio interview on Saturday that an investigation involving Albayalde should be resolved while he is still in service.
“We will see to it that before Nov. 8, all the necessary documents would have already been submitted to the offices concerned na dapat namin pagdalhan ng output ng investigation na ito,” Casurao told DZMM.
“After his retirement, we lose jurisdiction over him. Kung naumpisahan na, na-docket na ‘yung case number niya, patuloy ‘yung jurisdiction even if mag-retire na siya,” he added.
Albayalde was the chief of Pampanga police when the 13 police officers allegedly let suspected drug lord Johnson Lee flee in exchange for P50 million while most of the 200 kilos of shabu confiscated during the operation were not declared and presumed to have been sold back to the drug market.
Albayalde denied allegations that he was involved in any way with the operation and that he intervened in the implementation of a dismissal order on the 13 police officers involved.
“On the other hand, kung wala tayong makitang matibay na involvement niya, well in all likelihood he can retire very peacefully siguro because ‘yung ibang aspeto ng kaniyang involvement puwede namang ipagpatuloy doon sa pending investigation ngayon na ginagawa rin ng Department of Justice,” Casurao said./PN