MANILA - Do what is right.
This is the advice of President Rodrigo Duterte to Director Oscar Albayalde who will take over the reins of the 185,000-strong Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday.
"Sabi niya, just do what is right. He will not meddle with our organization, with our decisions. He'll not meddle with any positioning, lalong-lalo na sa loob ng PNP," he said in a Bandila DZMM interview.
Albayalde, the outgoing director of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), also vowed to continue the programs of Director General Ronald dela Rosa against illegal drugs and police scalawags.
Dela Rosa, who has led the police force for 21 months, is Albayalde's "mistah" from Philippine Military Academy "Sinagtala" Class of 1986.
"Importante dito is continuity. I will not be staying forever as chief PNP," he said. "Over the years, walang natatapos na trabaho because may kaniya-kaniyang gustong identity."
Albayalde is expected to retire on Nov. 8, 2019.
On his first day as PNP chief on Thursday, a revamp of few key posts in the force is in order.
His position at the NCRPO went to Director Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, chief of PNP's Directorate for Operations.
Cascolan was also a classmate of Albayalde and Dela Rosa during their cadet days.
Asked about his plan on the government's anti-illegal drugs campaign, Albayalde said he will continue the program after it was relaunched in Jan.
"Nakita natin nung ibalik...daming revision ginawa natin diyan. May kasamang human rights officers. May training na mga police natin. 'Yung vetting process natin very strict na. So since that day na binalik, wala tayong nakitang complaint whatsoever from our community," he said.
Data from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) showed that as of March 20, 2018, 4,075 drug-linked individuals have been killed while 91,704 anti-illegal drug operations have been carried out since Duterte assumed office in July 2016.
Among Albayalde's new tasks is also to get to the bottom of the corruption allegations against four officials of the elite Special Action Force (SAF) over alleged missing P59.8 police funds.
"That's now the subject of investigation...Dapat ibalik sa tao 'yan," he said.