Magalong reveals receiving death threats after ‘ninja cops’ testimonies

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FILE PHOTO. At a Senate hearing Tuesday, Baguio City Mayor and former PNP-CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong accused PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde of blocking the dismissal of 13 policemen over an allegedly irregular drug raid in Pampanga in 2013.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 2) — Former Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief Benjamin Magalong on Wednesday said he is “very worried” about his security and that of his family after giving testimonies about the so-called "ninja cops".

In an interview on CNN Philippines’ The Source, Magalong, now the mayor of Baguio City, revealed that he has been receiving death threats since last week.

“Admittedly I’m very worried about the safety of my family, my security, and that of DG (Director General Aaron) Aquino,” Magalong said.

Ginawa ko nga ‘yung anak ko pinull out ko sa Pangasinan because he's managing ‘yung business namin doon, trucking business. Pinull out ko, dito na lang kayo muna. Pero at least ‘yung daughters ko they're okay,” he added.

[Translation: I pulled out my son from Pangasinan where he manages our trucking business. But my daughters are okay.]

At a Senate hearing Tuesday, Magalong accused PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde of blocking the dismissal of 13 policemen over an allegedly irregular drug raid in Pampanga in 2013. Albayalde was the chief of Pampanga police that time. The PNP chief vehemently denied the accusations.

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Prior to this, Magalong on September 19 revealed how rogue cops peddled illegal drugs and extorted from Chinese drug syndicates – a scheme supposedly involving some active high-ranking police officers.

READ: Ex-CIDG chief says ranking cops involved in recycling drugs, extorting from Chinese syndicates

Magalong said he has no hard evidence to support his charge against Albayalde, but he emphasized that he relies on his “very credible” sources and witnesses.

“If you’re asking me if I have hard evidence, I don’t have against Oscar Albayalde, pero kung titignan mo naman ‘yung circumstances… It’s a big operation with 36.68 kilos na seizure. Ang normal na nangyayari d’yan ay pupunta ka sa lugar and ang mga instruction mo d’yan, make sure that you secure the crime scene, make sure that everything is documented, nasaan na ‘yung mga nahuli… pero parang in this particular case parang walang ganoong nangyari,” he said.

Magalong added that he has no motive and personal gripe with Albayalde that prompted him to speak out.

“I don’t have any motive, if you look at the circumstances surrounding itong hearing na ito, I never volunteered to appear, Senator Gordon called me up, it’s all about the BuCor, then suddenly there’s this query by Senator Drilon…” he said.

"I’m not attacking his character, background, service reputation. Let’s just focus on this particular incident," he said.

‘Worth it’

Despite the death threats, Magalong said testifying before the Senate was “worth it.”

“It is a fight between good and evil. It’s a fight between what is wrong and right. Sa akin na lang enhance ko na lang ‘yung aking security (I will just enhance my security),” he said.

Magalong gave a stern warning to those threatening his life.

“Just make sure na ‘pag may ginawa kayo sa akin, make sure na hindi ako magso-survive. Otherwise all hell will break loose,” he said.

[Translation: Just make sure that I will not survive when you do something against my life. Otherwise all hell will break lose.]

Magalong said he is open to ironing things out with Albayalde.

“Explain lang nya kung ano nangyari sa insidente na ‘yun and hopefully maayos ‘yung kanyang retirement. I wish him luck,” he said. Albayalde is set to retire in November.

[Translation: He should just explain what happened during the incident. I hope he'll have a smooth retirement. I wish him luck.]

CNN Philippines' Senior Digital Producer Eimor Santos contributed to this report.