MANILA - Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde must resolve the case on the controversial drug bust in Pampanga before he retires on November 8, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Friday.
Lacson, a former PNP chief, said Albayalde must act quickly to regain public trust before his retirement.
"Yung remaining 34 days is not too long to make amends. Unang dapat ipakita niya para mawala 'yung duda eh ipakita niyang mabilis maresolba 'yung reinvestigation na isasagawa," he told radio DZMM.
(The remaining 34 days is not too long to make amends. He should quickly resolve the reinvestigation in able to remove the public's doubts.)
"Madaling i-decide 'yun kung nagsinungaling ba si (Rodney) Baloyo. Nandyan na lahat ng dokumento, rereviewhin na lang eh."
(It's easy to decide if Baloyo was lying. All the documents are available for review.)
Albayalde, as Pampanga police chief, was relieved from duty following the questionable anti-narcotics operation of his men in November 2013 in Mexico town.
The Pampanga cops, led by then Supt. Rodney Baloyo, allegedly made off with some 160 kilograms of shabu worth around P648 million at the time following an anti-drug operation on alleged Chinese drug lord Johnson Lee.
Baloyo’s team also allegedly set Lee free and presented another Chinese, identified in reports as Ding Wengkun, in exchange for P50 million.
On Thursday, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Chief Aaron Aquino revealed Albayalde tried to meddle in the case of his former men charged with recycling seized shabu when he was then chief of Pampanga police.
He said Albayalde asked him not to implement any order dismissing his men.
"I wish to explain my statement yesterday that Gen. Albayalde called me up to know the status of the case…He also added, ‘sir baka pwede huwag mo munang i-implement ang order,’” Aquino said.
Although Lacson said he has somewhat doubted Albayalde's credibility, he said the police chief was innocent until proven guilty.
"Nagkaroon ako ng konting pagdududa sa kanya, although iba 'yung duda, iba 'yung ebidensiya. Unless merong isang magsalita o si Baloyo mismo magsabi 'totoo 'yan at kasama namin si Col. Albayalde at that time,'" he said.
(I doubted him somewhat, although the doubt is different from the evidence. Unless one policeman or Baloyo himself will say 'That's true, Albayalde was with us at that time.')
"Pero sa ngayon, di natin pwede akusahan si Gen. Albayalde na siya'y sangkot o nagtakip dito. Pinakamagandang pruweba na talagang hindi niya pinoprotektahan sila Baloyo ay madaliin niya bago siya magretire. Bigyan niya ng karampatang parusa."
(Right now we can't accuse Gen. Albayalde that he's involved or he's protecting them. The proof he needs in able to show he's not protecting Baloyo is to resolve the case before he retires and give them the proper penalty.)