PNP dismisses 6 'ninja cops'

PNP dismisses 6 'ninja cops'

MANILA, Philippines – Six police officers or “ninja cops” allegedly involved in the questionable anti-drug operation in Antipolo City in May this year were dismissed from service, Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge revealed on Monday.

Gamboa said the dismissed officers are MSgt. Donald Roque, MSgt. Rommel Vital, Cpl. Romeo Encarnacion Guerrero Jr., SSgt. Stephen Domingo, Pat. Lester Velasco, and Pat. Eduardo Soriano II.

Roque, Vital and Guerrero were also involved in the controversial drug raid in Pampanga in 2013.

He said he had ordered the PNP-Internal Affairs Service (IAS) to review its recommendation for sanction on Lt. Joven De Guzman, who was only recommended for suspension. De Guzman was linked to the operations in Pampanga and Antipolo City.

The PNP-IAS, in a resolution dated October 10, has recommended the said penalties to the seven police officers.

The controversy surrounding the 2013 anti-drug operation in Pampanga surfaced as it became the subject of a Senate investigation on the Good Conduct Time Allowance law that has branched out into a probe on “ninja cops.”

Erstwhile PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde, who went on non-duty status weeks before his retirement from the service, was the Pampanga police director when the controversial drug operation was conducted. /gsg