NAPOLCOM favors third party investigation on 2013 ‘Agaw-Bato’ incident

Aileen Cerrudo
FILE PHOTO: An operative from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) puts back methamphetamine inside a plastic bag during a presentation of seized drugs at the NBI headquarters in Manila, Philippines. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) is in favor of having third party investigation on the 2013 ‘Agaw Bato’ incident in Pampanga.

Mas maganda kung may third party investigating para mawalan ng suspetsa na nagpapabaya o may nagtatakipan (It is better to have a third party investigating [the case] to remove suspicion of neglect or bias),” according to NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman Atty. Rogelio Casurao.

However, Casurao said they will wait for the results of the Senate hearing on the illegal drug recycling issue before releasing their recommendation.

“The timeline is for us to put the investigation in place immediately so that by the time, the matter of investigation of the Senate done, mayroon na rin siguro kaming [resulta] (we would also have our results),” he said.

NAPOLCOM also said they are prepared to accept new administrative cases against 13 alleged ‘ninja cops’ for recycling confiscated illegal drugs in 2013.

President Rodrigo Duterte previously ordered NAPOLCOM Chairman, and incumbent Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año to investigate the ‘Agaw Bato’ incident.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)

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