MANILA - Former police official Benjamin Magalong on Tuesday said resigned PNP chief Oscar Albayalde's threat to file charges against him is a "smokescreen" to cover his "deception."
Magalong had claimed that Albayalde, then Pampanga police chief, sought to defer the dismissal order against his former subordinates when they allegedly made off with some P648 million worth of shabu in 2013.
Albayalde said he was innocent and that he was studying possible legal actions against his accusers.
"It’s deception to portray we are the ones lying and not him. If I were in his shoes, it's the best course of action I will have to take," he told ANC's Early Edition.
"At the end of the day, it's all about the truth. When everything is laid out and spelled out, the truth will come out that we are the ones who are actually telling the truth."
Albayalde was head of the Pampanga police when 13 of its officers were accused of pilfering some 160 kilos of shabu from a 2013 operation against a suspected Chinese drug lord.
Magalong, in a recent Senate hearing, claimed Albayalde sought to defer the dismissal order against his former subordinates.
Another retired police official, Rudy Lacadin, later claimed that Albayalde called him up to inquire about the case of the so-called "ninja cops" and allegedly admitted that he got some of the drug loot.
Albayalde on Monday said he was going on non-duty status starting Monday. He said last week that he was leaving the PNP top post on Oct. 29. He will retire on Nov. 8, when he turns 56.
Magalong said the PNP chief had "no choice" but to step down as fellow police officers were already "avoiding" him amid the "ninja cops" issue.
"It only shows he does not have the moral high ground. His only choice was to leave," he said.
He urged the Pampanga "ninja cops," or policemen who recycle illegal drugs, to cooperate with authorities.
"I hope that those involved in the 2013 drug bust in Mexico, Pampanga will finally realize they’re on their own and I hope some of them will start talking. Unless they end up dead like the other civilian agents who were also involved in that drug operation," he said.
"If you look at the civilian agents involved, all of them are all already dead, they were killed. Anything can happen."