General Oscar Albayalde.
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MANILA – General Oscar Albayalde has stepped down as Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday, three weeks ahead of his mandatory retirement.
Albayalde will go into non-duty status effective Monday (October 14). His resignation comes amid allegations that he is working with policemen involved in the reselling of seized illegal drugs.
Deputy Chief for Administration Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa will serve as the PNP’s officer-in-charge until such time that Philippine President Duterte appoints Albayalde’s successor.
Albayalde, in a speech in Camp Crame on Monday, said his resignation has been accepted and endorsed by Duterte.
“Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to talk to the SILG (Secretary of Interior and Local Government) Eduardo Año, about the events that have transpired in recent days, particularly the Senate investigation on the alleged “agaw-bato” issue in which I am being implicated,” he said.
Albayalde, who is set to retire on November 8, was implicated in the issue of “ninja cops” or policemen involved in reselling illegal drugs.
He allegedly intervened with the dismissal order against 13 of his men being investigated by the Senate for reselling crystal meth that they seized during a November 2013 operation, when Albayalde was then provincial police director of Pampanga.
Meanwhile, the Secretary of Interior and Local Government Año said that Gamboa, Lt. Gen. Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, who was named new Deputy Chief for Operations, and Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, who was named as Chief Directorial Staff, are candidates as next PNP chief.
Año said he will submit his recommendation letter on October 18. Duterte is expected to appoint the 23rd PNP chief in the coming days.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said that Albayalde made the call to resign because “he said that his family was suffering”.
When asked if Malacañang pressured Albayalde to resign, Panelo said: “None that I know of.”
The spokesman said that Albayalde will soon be meeting Duterte to ask the president’s reaction to his resignation.
Panelo said that the Senate could recommend the filing of charges against Albayalde if investigation results find probable cause that he protected his subordinates.
Meanwhile, former CIDG deputy director, Col. Rudy Lacadin, claimed Albayalde admitted receiving money from the reselling of drugs but “only a little. Albayade denied the allegation. DAJ/Expat Media
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