LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Your rulers are rebels, partners with thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts…” (Isaiah 1:23, the Holy Bible).
BTo all those who listened to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing in the mid-afternoon of Thursday, October 03, 2019 where the subject still dwelt on the so-called “ninja cops” (or policemen who are said to be selling shabu or other illegal drugs confiscated by them from suspected drug dealers), I believe that many of you also experienced hair-raising sensations as soon as a retired general of the Philippine National Police (PNP) started talking about the scam.
Making his disclosures against the suspected “ninja cops” who were seated just a few inches away from him, former PNP General Manuel Gaerlan directly accused the policemen of peddling outright lies in their account of the raid they conducted on a house inside the Lakeshore Village in Mexico, Pampanga. The policemen, led by Lt. Col. Rodney Raymundo Louie Baloyo of the Pampanga Police Provincial Office, are facing a Senate inquiry into their possible roles as ninja cops”.
According to Gaerlan, the reports made by Baloyo and his men about an alleged buy-bust operation on a house inside Lakeshore Village to allegedly arrest a Chinese drug lord are not true but are mere falsities. “As per our own validation, that operation was not a buy-bust operation,” Gaerlan added.
DOCUMENTS ON THE PAMPANGA SHABU RAID “DOCTORED”: In his testimony as a resource person during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Thursday, October 03, 2019, retired police Gen. Manuel Gaerlan managed to draw out the fact that Lt. Col. Rodney Raymundo Louie Baloyo and his men merely fabricated or doctored documents to clothe with legitimacy their operations at the Lakeshore Village in Mexico, Pampanga, although it was just really a case of “hulidap” (which is a local slang for “arrests for extortion”).
Gaerlan claimed that he was compelled to testify before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee about the Baloyo operations because he and the other high ranking officials of Regional Police Office No. 3 not only felt greatly bothered by the criminal activities of Baloyo and his men, but that the officers also resented being considered by Baloyo and company as “stupid officers” who are either ignorant of what was happening in Region 3, or were afraid to do anything.
As a result of Gaerlan’s accusations againg Baloyo and his men in his testimony, the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee decided to confirm and implement its earlier ruling that Baloyo was “in contempt of the Senate” because of his repeated evasiveness in directly answering the questions of the Committee members led by Chairman Richard Gordon, ordering his detention at the Pasay City Jail, where he will be confined until he decides to be truthful in his answers, or until the term of the senators composing the Blue Ribbon Committee ends in 2022.
RETIRED PNP GENERAL RAISES ISSUE VS ALBAYALDE ON “NINJA COPS”: In the hearing on Thursday, October 03, 2019, of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on the so-called “ninja cops” (or policemen who are said to be selling shabu or other drugs confiscated by them), I half-expected that the Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde (who was also present then) would be implicated further on the mess by retired PNP General Manuel Gaerlan, one of the witnesses on that day.
My reason in entertaining this expectation was that, the report submitted by Lt. Col. Rodney Raymundo Louie Baloyo to higher PNP officials about their Mexico, Pampanga raid, which Gaerlan said was a mere fabrication, contained the signature of Albayalde, as the direct superior police officer of Baloyo who conformed to what Baloyo reported. Albayalde’s signature in that document was disclosed by a senator who was given a chance to propound questions to Baloyo.
When Gaerlan was asked to comment on Baloyo’s report (that contained Albayalde’s signature), the retired PNP general right away fired off that the report was packed with mere lies. What I understood from that comment by Gaerlan was that Albayalde’s signature therein also constituted a lie, and was in fact meant to legitimize that report even if it was not truthful. It was a pity that senators failed (or really did not want?) to touch this explosive issue. Let’s hope our senators will take this up next time.
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