MANILA – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) found no hard evidence that would merit an administrative complaint against former police chief General Oscar Albayalde over the “ninja cops” controversy.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said there is no clear evidence linking Albayalde over the controversial 2013 drug raid in Pampanga.
“Sa administrative wala na kasi ‘yun na rin ang decision at guidelines ng Pangulo. Du’n sa review, wala din kaming nakitang matigas na ebidensya para ma-link na involved si Albayalde du’n sa ginawa ng 13, except yung command responsibility,” he said.
Año added the statements made by other former CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong against Albayalde were “allegations without substantial evidence.”
Magalong has accused Albayalde of blocking the dismissal of the 13 Pampanga policemen who supposedly kept and peddled 160 kilos of shabu seized from the 2013 raid.
Año, however, clarified that the investigations being handled by the Office of the Ombudsman and the Department of Justice will be “a different thing.”
Albayalde stepped down as Philippine National Police chief on Oct. 14, less than a month before his retirement from the service on Nov. 8. He has consistently maintained his innocence over the allegations hurled against him./PN