Pinagtutulungan daw! Albayalde laments ‘conspiracy’ to link him to ‘ninja cops’
Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde has slammed the alleged conspiracy to link him to wrongdoing after a former police official quoted him as saying that he had a portion from illegal drugs seized at a 2013 buy bust operation.
Albayalde made the claim Wednesday (October 9) as he questioned Criminal Investigation and Detection Group deputy director for operations Rudy Lacadin’s motive for testifying against him at the continuation of the Senate blue ribbon and justice committee’s investigation into the so called “ninja cops.”
“Ano po ‘yung consipiracy dito. It seems everybody is ganging up on me. I really do not know. It is very unlikely na General Lacadin na sasabihan ko siya, we never had the chance of being under one office. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang against sa akin ni General Lacadin,” the PNP chief said.
Lacadin, who tapped by then-CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong to investigate the drug bust conducted by Pampanga policemen in November 2013, said lbayalde asked him during their phone conversation if he was indeed looking into the drug bust, to which he replied in the affirmative.
“Sabi ko ‘Yes, Oca. I cannot inform you na nagka-conduct ako ng investigation, this is just a validation. But if you have nothing to hide, wala naman kayong dapat katakutan’,” Lacadin recalled.
“I don’t know if he is joking but ang sabi niya, ‘Actually, sir, konti lang ang napunta sa akin dyan’,” he added.
Albayalde asked in response why he wasn’t charged after all the investigations he faced if what Lacadin said was true.
Former PNP chief Alan Purisima, who ordered the investigation against the Pampanga police headed by Albayalde, said it was possible that there was no evidence to implicate the PNP chief before.
“Maybe during the time that the investigation was conducted, there was no solid evidence yet on the involvement of Gen. Albayalde. If we charge him there should be strong evidence, maybe as of that time there was no evidence,” he said.
Magalong, however, claimed some police officers were interested in testifying against Albayalde but backed out when they discovered that the regional PNP office filed a “weak” case against him.