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Napaaga dahil sa ‘ninja cops’! Albayalde steps down as PNP chief

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Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde announced Monday (October 14) that he is stepping down from his post amid the controversy on the so called “ninja cops.”

“After careful thought and deliberation, I have come to the decision to relinquish my post as Chief PNP effective today and go on a non-duty status,” he said in a statement, adding that Interior Secretary Eduardo Año already accepted his plan to step down.

Albayalde said his exit from the PNP ahead of his mandatory retirement on November 8 will give President Rodrigo Duterte the chance to appoint a new PNP chief.

He thanked Duterte for appointing him as PNP chief, a post he held for one year and six months.

Addressing the police force, Albayalde said: “My last command as your Chief PNP is for you to carry on in the service of our fellow Filipinos so that all of us may live and work in peace. Do not let this challenges demoralize or stray you from your path,” Albayalde said.

The beleaguered PNP chief 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.

In the course of the hearings, the Senate blue ribbon and justice committees invited former general and now Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong as a resource person.

Magalong 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 said the testimonies against him “were apparently inspired by the publicity which has accompanied the Senate investigation.”

He has tapped legal heavyweight Estelito Mendoza to help him file charges against Magalong and Lacadin.

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