(NOVEMBER 8, 2019) – Former Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde officially retired from service on Friday after reaching the mandatory age of 56, but the PNP spokesman said he did not avail of retirement honors.
PNP Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said Albayalde requested that he not be accorded the formality, which is usually done simultaneously with the turnover rites of the new PNP chief, who is yet to be appointed by the president.
“Wala nang retirement honors sa kadahilanang ito ay optional lang. Hindi na nag-avail si General Albayalde,” Banac told reporters in a press briefing.
Last September 28, the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) held a testimonial parade and review in Albayalde’s honor. He was a member of the PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986 and was named PNP chief in April 2018.
Albayalde is at the center of a controvesy regarding his supposed involvement in the so-called “ninja cops” issue, where 13 policemen from Pampanga allegedly recycled illegal drugs they seized in an operation in 2013. Albayalde, then Pampanga police chief, was their immediate superior.
No administrative cases were filed against Albayalde, although he is facing a criminal complaint for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 for the misappropriation of confiscated or surrendered dangerous drugs.
Last October 14, Albayalde resigned from his post and went on non-duty status, following the Senate probe on the operation, where he was accused by ex-PNP officials Benjamin Magalong and Rudy Lacadin of benefitting from the drug loot.
Despite the allegations, Albayalde will still enjoy the monetary benefits of being a four-star general and other perks after retirement. (Randell Ritumalta/JMF)