Alleged 'ninja cop' ordered arrested for snubbing Senate probe

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The Senate cites in contempt and orders the arrest of Ronald Santos, a police officer who has failed to appear in the Senate "ninja cop" probe despite subpoenas requiring his presence. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 9) — The Senate on Wednesday cited in contempt and ordered the arrest of Ronald Santos, one of the policemen involved in the controversial drug raid in Mexico, Pampanga in 2013 for failing to attend Senate hearings.

Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman Richard Gordon announced the order at the resumption of their probe into the “ninja cops” controversy, wherein policemen allegedly recycle illegal drugs confiscated during operations.

Gordon noted that one of the officers from the Pampanga raid, which has been at the center of the controversy, has been repeatedly absent despite multiple subpoenas issued requiring the officers to attend the Senate inquiries.

Senator Panfilo Lacson also moved to cite Santos in contempt.

“Ronald Santos is very important in this case, we’ve been trying to get him,” Gordon said. “He is in contempt and we hereby order his arrest so that he could be brought here in person.”

The 13 policemen from the 2013 Pampanga operation were charged with grave misconduct for allegedly keeping 160 kilograms of shabu for themselves. The so-called “ninja cops” also supposedly received P50 million and new SUVs in exchange for the freedom of alleged Chinese drug trafficker Johnson Lee.