Becoming PNP chief is a destiny, says Albayalde

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 14 2019 05:45 PM

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Police General Oscar Albayalde got sentimental Monday, hours after he stepped down as chief of the Philippine National Police.

Albayalde, the second PNP chief of President Rodrigo Duterte, said he believed that it was his destiny to head the country's police force.

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to serve your country as chief of PNP," he told ABS-CBN News.

"I believe ang pagiging chief PNP is a destiny, kahit anong gawin mula siguro ng ikaw ay pinanganak kung hindi para sayo at hindi ipagkaloob ng Diyos sayo ay hindi magiging sayo," he added.

He recalled how President Duterte trusted him with the leadership of the police force even though he was not personally acquainted with the chief executive.

"Even hindi ako taga-Davao at hindi niya ako personally kilala he based my appointment on my performance, sinabi niya yun," Albayalde said.

Albayalde, who is set to retire on Nov. 8 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. 

For the past weeks, the former top cop has been grappling with accusations that he protected his men accused of selling seized narcotics. 

Albayalde succeeded now-Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa who initially led Duterte's fierce anti-narcotics crackdown.