Lawmakers react to Albayalde resignation

MOST members of the House of Representatives welcomed the resignation of Philippine National Police Chief General Oscar Albayalde, with some stressing that government should now take steps to improve the image of the PNP.

According to Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas amid the current issues the PNP faces, it is crucial to keep the trust of the Filipino in government. 

“On the ground, mahalagang may tiwala ang publiko sa ating Pambansang Pulis dahil sila ang takbuhan ng mga mamamayan lalo na kapag mayroong krimen. Hindi dapat kinakatakutan ng mga taong masunurin sa batas ang mga pulis. Mga kriminal lang dapat ang matakot sa pulis,” Vargas said.

Likewise, Vargas, vice chairman of the appropriations committee, underscored the need to pass new legislation on whistleblowers, and further strengthen the National Police Commission and Peoples Law Enforcement Boards,

He also suggested to place audit systems within the PNP and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

To date there are at least eight whistleblower bills in the House and seven of those are pending before the House Committee on Justice.  There are also pending bills meant to put in place a new Code on Crimes and update the ways law enforcement agencies conduct criminal investigations. These are important bills providing systemic solutions to the ailments of the PNP and the rest of the criminal justice system.

For his part, Muntinlupa City Rep. Ruffy Biazon said General Albayalde can now defend himself from the allegations against him because he will no longer be hampered by the responsibility of leading the PNP.

“I cannot make a conclusion regarding the issues hounding him, but I think he’s done the right thing for the PNP,” Biazon said.

*”For men in uniform, it should always be the Institution they represent above self. More so with those in leadership positions. Preserving the integrity of their unit and insulating it from controversy is part of the sacrifice they should be willing to make.,†PNP Chief Albayalde has done this with his resignation from the post,” the solon also said.

Meanwhile, ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro  said that the simple resignation of General Albayalde is not enough and he should still be held liable for his actions and involvement in the ninja cops.