Albayalde denies quitting

October 10, 2019
Oscar  Albayalde

EMBATTLED Philippine National Police chief General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday denied rumors circulating in  social media that he has resigned from his post 29 days before his official retirement at the age of 56 this coming November 8.

He also underscored that the police generals who have testified against him in the Senate worked with the previous Aquino administration.

“All those police officials ganging up on me have ill motives against me and obviously all worked with the previous administration,” Gen. Albayalde said.

Of the police generals who have testified in the ongoing Senate investigation, only former PNP Chief retired Gen. Alan LM Purisima and retired Brigadier Generals Raul D. Petrasanta and Rudy G. Lacadin are associated with the former Aquino administration.

Purisima, a member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1981, Petrasanta of PMA Class 1984 and Lacadin of PNP Academy Class 1984 are known for their close association with former President Benigno S. Aquino. Both Petrasanta and Lacadin became Police Regional Office 3 directors. It was Petrasanta who signed the dismissal papers of the group of former Superintendent Rodney Baloyo.

However, retired Major Gen. Benjamin B. Magalong, a member of PMA Class 1982 who used to be a PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group director and later PNP Deputy Chief for Operations is known to have gotten the ire of Aquino when he led the PNP Board of Inquiry which investigated the infamous 2015 Mamasapano Massacre and concluded that Aquino and Purisima should be held responsible for the death of the 44 SAF commandos who went on a mission to neutralize Southeast Asia’s most wanted terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias’ Marwan. Magalong is now the Baguio City mayor.

On the other hand, retired Brig. Gen. Aaron N. Aquino of PMA Class 1985 is known for his association with President Duterte. Aquino was a newly-retired PRO3 director in Central Luzon when he was designated as Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chair by President Duterte in 2017.

Social media posts claimed that the PNP chief has tendered his resignation to President Duterte in the aftermath of the controversy sparked by the Senate investigation into alleged ninja cops who operated in Pampanga in 2013 when Albayalde was still a police colonel and director of the Pampanga Police Provincial Office.