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‘Di reklamador ang pulis! Lacson defends Albayalde for accepting relief over 2013 drug bust

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Senator Panfilo Lacson has come to the defense of embattled Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde after Senator Richard Gordon questioned why he didn’t appeal his relief over an allegedly irregular drug bust in 2013.

At the resumption of the Senate blue ribbon and justice committees’ hearing on the so called “ninja cops” controversy, Albayalde said he was administratively relieved as Pampanga provincial police director after his superiors ordered an investigation on the anti-drug operation conducted by 13 police officers.

Asked why he didn’t appeal his relief, Albayalde said: “You just follow orders and wait for the right timing until I was able to get another post. You cannot make a motion when you are in a floating status, it is part of the service. Kaya tayo nagre-relieve to give way to the investigation.”

Lacson, a former PNP chief, said part of the training cadets from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) receive is following orders without question.

“We never question why we [are] relieved. We never question our superior officers. No such thing in the military or police organization,” he said.

“Iba ang kultura sa civilian especially sa civilian government, puwede mag-motion for reconsideration. Sa amin hindi ganoon pag tinanggal ka, without asking why, we follow,” Lacson added.

Despite being on “floating status” for eight months because of his relief, Albayalde said he was never charged criminally or administratively in relation to the drug bust.

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