Albayalde to get new post? That's the President's call - spokesman


Posted at Oct 07 2019 12:54 PM

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President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman on Monday refused to comment on reports that Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde might be appointed to another government post after his retirement from the PNP.

"Hindi ko na alam iyon. That's the call of the President. I would be speculating 'pag ganoon," said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

"Alam mo naman ang reports, maraming reports na hindi totoo, hindi nangyayari. Let's just wait."

(I don't know about that, that's the call of the President. I would be speculating otherwise. You know how reports are, many are false, many don't come true.)

He said a lifestyle check on members of the PNP is a good idea after Albayalde was accused of protecting "ninja cops" or those who supposedly recycled confiscated narcotics.

"I think that's a good idea. There should be an internal lifestyle check among the PNP members and for that matter, all the heads of department," he said.

The PNP Internal Affairs Service should conduct the investigation, he said.

PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde was head of the Pampanga police when 13 of its officers were accused of pilfering some 160 kilos of shabu from a suspected Chinese drug lord in 2013.

Former police official Benjamin Magalong recently claimed that Albayalde sought to defer a dismissal order against his former subordinates — an allegation he claimed as politically-motivated.

Duterte still trusts Albayalde, Panelo said, after the interior department revealed Friday that the President has ordered an investigation into the PNP chief, who is set to retire on Nov. 8.

ANC, October 7, 2019