Police Major Rodney Baloyo IV was removed from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntilupa City on Friday afternoon, Oct. 30, and taken to his new detention cell at the San Fernando City Jail, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) said.
“At about 1520H today, the transfer of PDL Baloyo from BuCor custody to San Fernando City District Jail in Pampanga had commenced,” BuCor Spokesperson Gabriel Chaclag told reporters.
“Subject PDL (person deprived of liberty) is being escorted now by BuCor SWAT (special weapons and tactics) personnel and well coordinated with the PNP (Philippine National Police) and BJMP (Bureau of Jail Management and Penology) authorities,” he added.
Baloyo has been detained at the NBP since October last year after he was cited for contempt by the Senate for not telling the truth during the public inquiry over the questionable 2013 drug operations that his team conducted.
The transfer to San Fernando City Jail was made after the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee gave its nod to a commitment order of the San Fernando Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 44.
Baloyo and 11 former and current policemen are facing charges before the RTC for violating Republic Act 9165, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, particularly, Section 27, Article II for misappropriation, misapplication or failure to account for the confiscated, seized and/or surrendered dangerous drugs; Section 29, Article II, planting of evidence; and Section 92, Article XI, delay and bungling in the prosecution of drugs cases; and qualified bribery under the Revised Penal Code (RPC).
His co-accused are P/Insp. Joven Bagnot De Guzman, Jr.; SPO1 (Senior Police Officer) Jules Lacap Maniago; SPOI Donald Castro Roque; SPO1 Ronald Bayas Santos; SPO1 Rommel Muñoz Vital; SPO1 Alcindor Mangiduyos Tinio; PO3 (Police Officer) Dindo Singian Dizon; PO3 Gilbert Angeles De Vera; PO3 Romeo Encarnacio Guerrero, Jr.; SPO1 Eligio Dayos Valeroso; and SPO1 Dante Mercado Dizon.
Baloyo was also charged before the RTC with falsification, while, Guerrero and Santos were also charged for violating regulations issued by the Dangerous Drugs Board.
The case concerns the 2013 illegal drugs operations in Mexico, Pampanga where a team led by Baloyo was supposed to have arrested suspected foreign drug trader Johnson Lee.
Under the charges, the 12 so-called “ninja cops” allegedly misappropriated drugs and money seized during the operation when they declared that only 36.60 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrocholride or shabu were seized instead of 200 kilograms and only P300,000 were found instead of P10 million.
They also allegedly failed to declare a Toyota Fortuner that was also seized.
The 12 accused also allegedly illegally arrested and charged a certain Ding Wenkun instead of Johnson Lee from whom they seized the drugs.