Gordon agrees with Magalong: Lives of 13 Pampanga cops in danger
MANILA, Philippines — Senator Richard Gordon on Tuesday agreed with former police official now Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong about the safety of policemen involved in the controversial Pampanga drug sting in 2013, saying their lives could now be in danger, adding that the “real criminals would not just sit by” following the exposé.
“There’s always a very important consideration when you have…the possibility of some of these people coming out of the forefront because they’re really facing very serious [charges] and that could lead to life imprisonment,” Gordon said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel.
“So, obviously if they step up on the plate, their lives would be in danger, even if they don’t, their lives would be in danger because the real criminals would not just sit by and allow the situation to happen,” the senator added.
Gordon, as chair of the Senate blue ribbon and justice committees, is leading the investigation into the “ninja cops” controversy where the questionable drug operation was brought up.
In 2014, the 13 Pampanga policemen were charged for allegedly pilfering millions worth of illegal drugs following a buy-bust operation in 2013.
Magalong said in an earlier television interview there’s a risk for these policemen ending up dead “like the other civilian agents also involved” in the said drug operation.
“Whoever perpetrated this is in danger of any new testimony that would really lock up the situation, certainly Benjie Magalong…he knows that they have to be protected,” Gordon went on.
It was Magalong, a former chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), who earlier told the senators that high-ranking police officials are involved in the recycling of illegal drugs seize from legitimate anti-drug operations. /jpv
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