Albayalde open to any gov't post if Duterte offers

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Posted at Jul 25 2019 12:44 PM

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MANILA - The country's top cop on Thursday said he is open to serve in any appointed capacity when he retires in November.

"That depends on the president. Who am I to refuse? I'll never refuse the President," Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde said in an interview on ANC's "Headstart."

Entering politics after retirement is out of the question, the PNP chief said, adding he now knows how elections work in the country. "I don't want to enter into politics," he said.

Albayalde identified PNP Directorial Staff chief Camilo Cascolan, Deputy chief for operations Archie Gamboa, and Metro Manila Police chief Guillermo Eleazar as three possible successors to his post. Gamboa and Cascolan are both Albayalde's classmates, he said.

"They are all qualified," he said.

The PNP chief is appointed by the president, and requires confirmation from the Commission on Appointments.

Meanwhile, Albayalde said he hopes to leave the PNP as a professional dynamic police organization.

With just four months to go, Albayalde said his goal is to enhance the intelligence capability of the police force, to further train and develop personnel, and acquire the technical equipment that they need.