Fariñas on Magalong: He’s the man
Majority Floor Leader Rudy Fariñas built up the credibility of Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Director Bemjamin Magalong big time even as the latter bared a crucial testimony during Wednesday’s (September 21) House inquiry on the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) drug issue.
“Kung makikita niyo po medalya niya, wala kayong makikitang opisyal na may ganyang karaming medalya. Parang condominium,” Ilocos Norte Rep. Fariñas said of Magalong, who served as one of the resource persons at the hearing.
Fariñas underscored the bemedaled Magalong’s investigative prowess, noting that he was tapped to look into the bloody January 2015 Mamasapano incident last year where 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) were slain.
“He was the prober of Mamasapano. He is the most serious PNP officer…yung director is two-star general sa PNP,” the politiko further told the panel.
That same day, Magalong revealed before the lawmakers details of OPLAN Cronus–the CIDG’s planned raid on the NBP that sought to halt the drug business there via the isolation of high-profile inmates.
In May 2014, he proposed Cronus to then-Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary Leila de Lima and planned the raid for the next few months.
Magalong even volunteered to be the ground commander of the dangerous operation, saying ex-Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Franklin Bucayu and ex-Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Arturo Cacdac refused to do so.
Ultimately and much to Magalong’s surprise, the DOJ eased the CIDG out of the plan and conducted the raid on December 15, 2014. Afterward, the DOJ ordered the transfer of 19 high-profile inmates to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
Fariñas said Magalong’s story fit with testimonies of the inmates presented before the House probe
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