PNP dismisses 3 ‘ninja cops’ from 2013 Pampanga buy-bust

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PNP dismisses 3 ‘ninja cops’ from 2013 Pampanga buy-bust
Another cop in the anomalous buy-bust is only suspended after he is found to have committed a ‘lesser offense’

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has dismissed 3 so-called “ninja cops” from the controversial 2013 Pampanga buy-bust operation that led to the resignation of police chief General Oscar Albayalde

“We have already dismissed 3 of the 13 cops involved in the Pampanga raid for another grave offense in Antipolo,” Gamboa said in a Camp Crame press briefing on Monday, October 21.

The 3 were identified as:

  • Police Master Sergeant Donald Roque
  • Police Master Sergeant Rommel Vital
  • Police Corporal Romeo Encarnacion Guerrero Jr

Another cop in the anomalous 2013 buy-bust, Lieutenant Joven de Guzman, was ordered suspended for 59 days as he had a “lesser offense.” (READ: ‘Spectacle of a grand cover-up’: Senate hearing bares how ‘ninja cops’ remain in service)

The 4 were accused of taking part in a May 2019 anti-drug operation in Antipolo, Rizal, where an independent probe found that they planted evidence against their suspects.

Gamboa said the cops had yet to receive their dismissal and suspension orders these were still being processed by the personnel division. All 4 can still appeal Gamboa’s orders. –

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.