OCTOBER 10, 2019 – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday denied reports that General Oscar Albayalde already resigned as chief of the law enforcement body, amid ongoing investigations on the “ninja cops” controversy.
The PNP released the statement after retired general Rudy Lacadin, a former deputy director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), implicated Albayalde in the anomalous 2013 anti-drug operation in Mexico, Pampanga.
“The PNP dispels the rumor circulating in social media that the PNP chief, Police General Oscar Albayalde has resigned from his post,” the police said in a statement.
The PNP also reiterated Albayalde’s words that he is leaving his fate to President Rodrigo Duterte. Albayalde is due to retire on November 8.
“He is ready to turn-over his post to anyone selected by the President to lead the PNP,” it said.
Lacadin revealed on Wednesday’s Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing that Albayalde admitted to having received part of the drug loot when he called him up to inquire about the on-going investigation at the time against the 13 “ninja cops” in Pampanga.
“I don’t know if jokingly, [pero] ang sabi niya, ‘Actually, sir, kaunti lang ang napunta sa akin diyan,'” Lacadin said.
Albayalde quickly denied the claim, stressing it is very unlikely for him to call Lacadin as they never had a chance of working under one office.
“I really do not know kung anong conspiracy rito. It seems that everybody’s ganging up on me, I really do not know,” the embattled police chief said.
But Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong accused Albayalde of lying. Magalong was also a former CIDG head who launched an investigation on the alleged “ninja cops.”
Prior to this, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino said Albayalde also called him to stop the implementation of the dismissal order on the erring cops involved in the questioned drug raid.
Aquino was the Region 3 police director at the time, while Albayalde was reappointed the Metro Manila police chief. (Karen Macalalad/AAD)
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