The end for Albayalde? PNP chief rejects Gordon proposal to resign

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Posted at Oct 02 2019 11:46 AM

MANILA - The country's top cop rejected Wednesday a proposal to resign or retire early after his name was dragged into the alleged "agaw-bato" controversy.

"That's their endgame. I will not fall in that trap," Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde said on Wednesday.

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Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, a former Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief, has accused Albayalde of intervening in the case of his former men at the Pampanga Police Office who were accused of making off with millions worth of shabu seized during a November 2013 raid in Mexico town.

In an interview with ANC, Gordon, head of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, seemed to agree with Magalong.

"The impression is he (Albayalde) was trying to maybe intervene on behalf of his people...If I were him, I would probably consider resigning already," the senator said.

Albayalde, however, said he will wait for the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte on the matter.

"I think this is all about that. I think that's a trap. We just wait for the decision of the president, he's the commander-in-chief anyway and as he said he will wait for [Interior] Sec. [Eduardo] Año's decision," he told ANC's Headstart.

Before he left for Russia, Duterte said he would wait for the Senate to conclude its investigation into the alleged ninja cops before deciding to whether dismiss a top official.

Albayalde, meanwhile, questioned the timing of Magalong's revelations, saying the ex-CIDG chief is trying to portray himself as a man of integrity by destroying his reputation and that of the police organization.

"When you're trying to put out a case that happened 6 years back, the big question here is what did you do when you were in position, when you had all the power and influence during your time?" Albayalde said.

While he knows that the issue is more of a battle of public perception, he believes that their records would speak for itself.

"What we have here are documents. These are all covered with documents, not accusations only. What we say are all covered by documents," he said.