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Puro laway lang! Duterte says senators can’t sanction anybody, including Albayalde

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President Rodrigo Duterte will take his cue from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and not the senators on whether to fire Philippine National Police (PNP) top cop Oscar Albayalde before he retires on November 8.

For all of the senators’ bluster on Albayalde’s alleged ties to “ninja cops” or his former Pampanga team which recycled busted drugs, with Blue Ribbon chair Senator Gordon urging Albayalde to resign, Duterte said the senators have to power to punish or push out Albayalde before his mandatory retirement.

“Walang sanction kasi ang Senate. But when I decide on the basis of the report of Secretary (Eduardo) Año, I can dismiss, discharge, terminate any and all of them. So hintayin ko ‘yan,” said Duterte in a pre-departure message.

Duterte said he would not only wait for the Senate to finish its probe on the ninja cops before deciding on Albayalde’s fate, he would also wait for Año’s recommendation on whether his department should conduct its own probe of Albayalde’s involvement. The most likely scenario is for the President to act on the allegations against Albayalde after his retirement.

“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 it is under — the police is under DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government) under Secretary Año. So I will forward it to him, give him specific period to complete his investigation. Not so short, not too long, but a period of time that is comfortable if he needs to call people. But all he has to do is to review. And if he needs to conduct altogether another investigation, he can do so,” Duterte said.

“We are not totally bound by the investigation of other departments. Though I would say that most of the testimony or declarations given in the Senate were under oath, I supposed that everybody was telling the truth there. So kaunting panahon ‘yan,” he added.

But procedural due process must be followed. I cannot just wait for the Senate, its report, then adopt it as my own. Magkaiba ‘yan.

Mr. Morong: Sir —

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Walang sanction kasi ang Senate. But when I decide on the basis of the report of Secretary Año, I can dismiss, discharge, terminate any and all of them. So hintayin ko ‘yan.

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