DOJ to reopen case vs Baloyo, 12 others behind 2013 Pampanga raid

(Eagle News)–The Department of Justice is reopening the case against the 13 policemen behind a 2013 Pampanga raid that was found to have been irregular.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the DOJ will create a new panel of state prosecutors for the reinvestigation, which was in light of “new evidence unfolding, and in the interest of justice.

“Both sides will be given ample opportunity to present additional evidence,” Guevarra said.

He said the DOJ “shall try to resolve (the probe) in a month’s time, considering that this automatic review has been pending since 2017.”

In 2014, Baloyo and the others were ordered dismissed over the raid after the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group found they presented to the media only 36 kilograms of the 200 kilograms they seized from the raid, and presented to the media a man distinct from the one they arrested.

The dismissal order was, however, never implemented.

It was former CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong who put the raid into spotlight anew after he disclosed details about it when senators probing the Good Conduct Time Allowance law asked him about illegal drugs recycling among law enforcers.