The Senate approved in plenary a motion authorizing the Senate Blue Ribbon and justice committees to release to the public the information disclosed during an executive session last week on the identities of police officers allegedly involved in the reselling of seized illegal drugs.

A total of seventeen senators voted to approve the motion of Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to authorize the said committees to disclose the contents regarding these so-called “ninja cops” discussed in an executive session.

“I’d like to move for this body to authorize the blue-ribbon committee to disclose the contents of the executive session that transpired during the last Senate committee hearing regarding the GCTA (good conduct time allowance) anomaly,” dela Rosa said in his motion.

When asked to explain the rationale behind his motion, dela Rosa cited speculations linking Philippine National Police chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde to drug recycling, noting that it would be unfair for those tagged in the issue if there is no truth to such allegations.

Former Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and now Baguio City mayor Benjamin Magalong reportedly identified the cops and police officials involved in the recycling of illegal drugs in an executive hearing in the Senate last week.

In a Senate budget hearing also last week, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino admitted that recycling of seized illegal drugs remains rampant and that the anti-narcotics operatives use the drugs to either sell them or use them as planted evidence in bogus operations. (PNA)