Albayalde to enjoy full retirement benefits: DILG chief


Posted at Oct 14 2019 10:46 AM

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General Oscar Albayalde will enjoy his full retirement benefits after he stepped down as head of the Philippine National Police following allegations that he protected his subordinates accused of recycling seized narcotics, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said Monday.

There is no administrative or criminal case against Albayalde, who was chief of the Pampanga police in 2013 when 13 of its officers were accused of pilfering some 160 kilos of shabu, noted Año.

"He can retire fully and enjoy the benefits," he told radio DZMM.

Albayalde can only lose his retirement benefits or be ordered to pay back his pension if a new case is filed against him and the court finds him guilty, said Año.

"That is the due process," he said.

Albayalde, who is now on leave, will retire on Nov. 8, when he turns 56.

The shortlist for his successor includes PNP officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa; Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan, who is set to move up as deputy chief for operations; and Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, who was recently promoted as chief of the Directorial Staff, said Año.

More names could be added to the list, which will serve as President Rodrigo Duterte's "primary basis" in choosing his third PNP chief, said the Interior Secretary.
"Pipilitin nating mahalungkat talaga na walang kontrobersyal na nangyari sa mga irerekomenda natin," he said.

(We will try to dig into the candidates and make sure that there is no controversy against them.)

DZMM, October 14, 2019