Albayalde says ‘ninja cop’ issue a ‘trap’ to make him resign
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde speculated on Wednesday that linking him to the controversial “ninja cops” issue is meant to force him to resign or seek early retirement as head of the country’s police force.
“What I see is that’s their end game. I will not fall into that trap,” he said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel when asked if he considers resigning as PNP chief amid allegations being hurled at him.
“I think this is all about that… I think that’s a trap,” he added.
Albayalde, who will step down as PNP chief when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56 on November 8, said he will wait for the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte on whether he should still hold the post.
But according to Albayalde, he cannot speculate if Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong was not acting alone in dragging him to the irregular anti-drug operation in Pampanga in November 2013 in a Senate investigation on Tuesday.
Albayalde was Pampanga police director while Magalong was director of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) during that time.
During the Senate hearing, Magalong alleged that Albayalde intervened in the dismissal order of 13 police officers involved in the operation. The order for their dismissal was downgraded to a one-rank demotion in 2017.
Albayalde was administratively relieved from his post to pave the way for an impartial investigation in March 2014. /muf
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