MANILA—Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde on Friday confirmed he will step down from his post a week before his mandatory retirement.
According to Albayalde, this is to accommodate President Rodrigo Duterte's schedule as the latter is set to fly to Thailand for the ASEAN Summit in November.
Albayalde will relinquish his post, but will still retain his rank until his retirement takes effect on Nov. 8.
Senator Christopher "Bong" Go has said that Albayalde's possible successors include the PNP's highest-ranking officers in Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, Lt. Gen Camilo Cascolan and Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año was reportedly tasked by the President to come up with a shortlist.
In 2018, Albayalde was not on the list of possible successors to former PNP chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, when Albayalde was chosen by Duterte.
Albayalde is being linked to a controversial Pampanga anti-narcotics operation, in which lawmen allegedly recycled drugs seized in the drug bust for profit. Albayalde was Pampanga police chief at the time.
— Report from Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News