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Lacson shares ‘mixed feelings’ over Albayalde’s early exit: Sad when PMAyers slug it out on issues close to cadet honor code

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Senator Panfilo Lacson said Monday (October 14) that he has “mixed feelings” about the decision of Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde to relinquish his post ahead of his mandatory retirement on November 8.

In a statement, Lacson said Albayalde’s remarks before relinquishing his post “have somehow diminished the redeeming value of his intent to spare the PNP from the so-called ‘ninja cops’ controversies.”

A former PNP chief, Lacson said he is sad whenever fellow alumni from Philippine Military Academy “slug it out publicly over issues that hit the very core of the unique and exclusive cadet honor system.”

“The Code simply says: ‘A cadet does not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those who do.’ While many choose to adhere to the Code albeit not in the same rigid, exacting manner, still, quite a number have opted to fall out of the ‘long grey line’ sooner or later in their career. Worse, they have disregarded the Code as if they never learned and practiced it in the first place. Or, maybe they never did; they just simply got away and graduated,” he said.

Albayalde was dragged into the controversy over the so called “ninja cops” or policemen who resell seized illegal drugs, during the Senate’s hearings on the corruption within the Bureau of Corrections.

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong has accused Albayalde of intervening to stop the dismissal of Police Lieutenant Colonel Rodney Raymundo Louie Baloyo and 12 other policemen from Pampanga who were found guilty of grave misconduct in connection with a drug operation in the province in 2013.

He was the provincial director of the Pampanga police at the time of the operation.

Meanwhile, former Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) deputy director for operations Rudy Lacadin claimed Albayalde told him that he only got a small portion from the drug haul seized by the 13 policemen.

Albayalde has denied committing wrongdoing over the “ninja cops” controversy.

While Lacson clarified that he is not judging Albayalde’s character, he said the “sad reality” is that many PMA graduates “have been eaten by the corrupt and corrupting system of law enforcement.”

As for Magalong and other officials who testified in the Senate hearings, Lacson said they deserve the salute of their fellow PMA graduates “for doing their part not to ‘tolerate those among us Peemayers who violated the honor code.’”

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