MANILA – Ranking active-duty police officers are the connections of controversial inmate Clarence Dongail, a former Negros police officer serving time for kidnapping, in the operations of so-called “ninja cops” who recycle seized illegal drugs for re-sale in the market.
In fact, high-profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian told a congressional inquiry on the prison drug trade Monday, two Chinese drug lords who were attacked along with him inside the New Bilibid Prisons last week were apparently targeted because they know about the “Ninja Cops” and Dongail’s role.
It was Dongail who set off the series of events that ended with Chinese drug lord Tony Co dead from stab wounds; Peter Co fighting for his life; and Sebastian himself punctured repeatedly with icepick, damaging his lungs.
Dongail claimed he had just accosted the Chinese inmates for sniffing shabu in their cell, when Tony Co suddenly became violent. Sebastian disputed that version, saying they were simply attacked, period.
Testifying before the House Justice committee chaired by Rep. Reynaldo Umali Monday, Sebastian said: “Napag-alaman din namin nina Peter Co at Tony Co ang mga gawain ng mga ninja cops na mga galamay ni Clarence Dongail kaugnay sa raid na nangyari sa isang bodega ng shabu sa Meycauayan, Bulacan kung saan si Clarence Dongail ang napatrabaho nito gamit ang kanyang mga galamay na mga ninja cops at pagkatapos ng raid ay maliit lamang ang kanilang idineklara na makumpiskang shabu at malaking pursyento nito ay kanilang pinagparte-partehan.”
[We – myself, Peter Co and Tony Co – learned about the operations of the ninja cops who are Dingail’s minions in the raid of a shabu warehouse in Bulacan. Dongail directed this operation from behind the scene using his ninja cops henchmen; but after the raid, they only declared a small measure of the shabu that was seized. The bulk, they divided among their groups],” Sebastian said.
His testimony provided the first detailed glimpse of how the prison drug trade continued to flourish and how it enabled the total drug trade outside jails to grow, with the vital role of ninja cops, and with orders and transactions directed from behind the New Bilibid Prisons by certain inmates – allegedly including the convicted police officer Dingail.
Sebastian added a chilling conclusion to his revelations of the ninja cops, whom PNP chief Gen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa had earlier vowed to wipe out, calling them the vilest kind of men in uniform.
According to Sebastian, “Dahil sa aming nalalaman patungkol sa naturang raid, ito ay malinaw na dahilan kung bakit pinatay si Tony Co at sinaksak ako at si Peter Co ni Clarence Dongail at mga kasama nito upang patahimikin at hindi na makapagsalita tungkol dito [Because of what we knew about that raid in Bulacan, it’s clearly the reason why Clarence Dongail and his men killed Tony Co and attacked me and Peter Co as well – to silence us].”
Sebastian told the congressmen he feared for his and his family’s lives because “ang mga ‘protektor’ ni Clarence Dongail at ng mga galamay nito ay mga matataas na opisyales sa ating kapulisan na sa kasalukuyan at aktibong naninilbihan pa rin sa ilalim ng administrasyon ni Pangulong Duterte [the protectors of Dongail and his minions are ranking officers in the PNP; they are in active service, under the Duterte administration].”