By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Agusan del Norte Rep. Lawrence Fortun said General Oscar Albayalde has no choice but to relinquish his position as chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in order to pave the way for a speedy and impartial investigation.
Fortun on Monday welcomed Albayade’s decision to step down from his position after he went on non-duty status amid drug recycling allegations when he was still the chief of the Pampanga police back in 2013.
Fortun said while Albayalde may be presumed innocent until proven otherwise, “his continued stay as PNP chief will not do the whole institution any good.”
“He has to relinquish such powerful and influential position in order to pave the way for a speedy and impartial investigation on these extremely disturbing issues hounding the PNP,” said Fortun.
Fortun stressed that Albayalde’s continued stay as head of the PNP “will only hamper the effective functioning and operations of such a huge organization whose complex concerns require his undivided attention.”
“The PNP has to be spared from further public contempt. As the country’s primary law enforcement agency, its integrity has to be protected and preserved,” said Fortun.
The Agusan solon said having a top cop that’s facing criminal allegations “will not, in any way, be helpful to the organization.”
“Gen. Albayalde can now devote more of his time and energy in defending himself from all these scandals allegedly involving him,” he added.