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Duterte hands off on Albayalde’s ninja cop scandal: Don’t look at me, look for Año

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President Rodrigo Duterte does not want to touch on the ongoing Senate probe on Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde’s involvement in the P650 million worth of drugs allegedly recycled by his former Pampanga crew six years ago.

Duterte said the most prudent thing to do was wait for the Senate to complete its probe or let Interior Secretary Eduardo Año carry, who has oversight over the PNP, out his investigation and wait for his recommendation.

“In obedience to the separation of powers and respect for each other’s department, I should allow the Senate to complete its investigation. If it is sent to me, I do not have the investigators in my office,” said Duterte in a pre-departure briefing just hours after Albayalde faced the Senate probe onf ‘ninja cops.”

“I do not do investigations. So the most proper thing to do, which is in line with procedural due process, is to await for the closure of the investigation by the Senate, and when it is forwarded to me, since the police is under DILG. (Department of Interior and Local Government), so I will forward it to him (Año), give him his period to complete his investigation. Not too short, not too long, but a period of time that he’s comfortable if he needs to call people,” he added.

Duterte stressed he would not be bound by the findings of the Senate. “All he (Año) needs is to review. And if he needs to conduct another investigation, he can do so,” he said.

“(Año) is the man of the hour, it is within his authority to hear it and mete the proper punishment…from now on, do not look at me, look at Secretary Año, the handsome boy of DILG,” he added.

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