Guevarra: Joint Senate panel report on ninja cops “will surely be useful” in DOJ reinvestigation

(Eagle News)–The report of the joint Senate panel that probed the ninja cops issue “will surely be useful” in the Department of Justice’s reinvestigation of the case, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Friday, Oct. 18.

According to Guevarra, “any relevant evidence presented during the Senate hearings may be adopted or presented by any interested party during the DOJ reinvestigation.”

He said the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, the acting complainant, for instance,  may amend its complaint and include Albayalde “if there’s any basis” for this.

The 46-page report released on Friday, Oct. 18, recommended the filing of charges for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act  against Albayalde following allegations he intervened in the status of the cases filed against 13 of his men behind an irregular raid in Mexico, Pampanga.

The report also recommended the filing of charges against the 13 policemen led by Rodney Baloyo over the raid.

The cases against Baloyo and his group had already been dismissed but Guevarra said these were subject to automatic review by his office.

The DOJ announced its its reinvestigation following the revelations against Albayalde and the 13 policemen during the joint Senate panel inquiry.