Senate joint panel cites in contempt another policeman behind 2013 Pampanga raid

(Eagle News)–The joint Senate panel looking into the issue of ninja cops has cited in contempt another policeman behind the 2013 Pampanga raid found to have been irregular.

It was Senate President Tito Sotto who motioned forĀ  SP01 Ronald Santos to be cited in contempt for his failure to appeare in Wednesday’s hearing.

Senate minority leader Franklin Drilon and Senator Richard Gordon seconded the motion.

The Senate panel had subpoenaed Santos, who was among 13 policemen who conducted the November 2013 raid in Mexico, Pampanga.

The Criminal Investigation Detection Group had concluded the policemen led by then-Major Rodney Baloyo seized only 36 kilograms of the 200 kilograms of shabu they seized from the raid, prompting speculations they recycled the illegal substances.

The CIDG also found the policemen presented a man different from the suspect they arrested during the raid.

In 2014, the policemen were ordered dismissed over the raid.

The order, however, was never implemented, and the policemen were only demoted .

Earlier, the Senate panel cited in contempt Baloyo for allegedly lying to senators, and was ordered jailed in the New Bilibid Prison.