Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde believes Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa had a big role to play in his appointment to head the police force.
In an interview over CNN Philippines Friday (October 4), Albayalde said Dela Rosa’s decision to appoint him as National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief made him one step closer to becoming PNP chief.
Dela Rosa was head of PNP when Albayalde was appointed NCRPO chief in July 2016.
“Palagi kong sinasabi sa sarili ko [that] I am expendable noong una pa lang na ako ay in-appoint ni Sen. Bato as RD (Regional Director). Palagi niya sinasabi sa akin ‘Bok, RD ka ng NCR. I will be your show window.’ Sabi ko ‘Yes, Sir, I will not betray your trust and confidence,’” Albayalde said.
“That is the very reason kaya ako naging Chief PNP. The President doesn’t even know me so bakit n’ya ako gawin [na PNP chief]? In all our efforts when I was RD and then suddenly now, and all of a sudden naglaho lahat na parang bula,” the PNP chief lamented.
With barely a month to go before retirement, Albayalde is involved in a controversy involving 13 so called “ninja cops” who were found guilty of grave misconduct over an anti-drug operation conducted when he was the provincial director of Pampanga police in 2013.
During a Senate hearing Thursday (October 3), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquino said Albayalde called him up in 2016 when the former was the Central Luzon regional police chief, to ask him to stop the implementation of the dismissal order against Police Lieutenant Colonel Rodney Raymundo Louie Baloyo and the 12 other cops because they were “his men.”
Albayalde suspects the allegation that he protected the so called “ninja cops” surfaced because he was set to retire and a number of police generals are eyeing the top PNP post.