Sotto: Albayalde image not tainted by ninja cops issue

Oscar D. Albayalde

SENATE President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III on Wednesday stressed that the credibility of Philippine National Police Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde was not affected on the issue of ninja cops.

Sotto believes that Albayalde’s credibility remained intact despite allegations from the past that are now being raised against him.

The Senate leader said that the accusations against Albayalde happened when he was not yet the PNP chief.

It can be recalled that Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, former head of the PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), accused Albayalde of allegedly intervening on the dismissal order  against  13 Pampanga  policemen involved in a questionable buy-bust operation.

During Tuesday’s hearing in the Senate, Magalong also  alleged   that Albayalde  bought a sports utility vehicle  after the  raid. The PNP chief vehemently denied the allegation.

“As the present chief PNP, I don’t think his credibility is affected. Ibang  usapan yung nakaraan. Hindi natin masabi kung   may value or what,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

“But if we’re talking about the present situation, wala akong nakikitang masama,” Sotto added.
For Sotto, there is no need for Albayalde  to take  a leave   while   the drug charges against   his  men in Pampanga were being reviewed.

At the same time, the Senate leader defended Magalong from those who questioned him for reviving an old issue against the PNP chief.

Sotto explained that Magalong was invited as a resource person in the Senate’s inquiry on the alleged anomalies in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).  

And when the alleged recycling of seized illegal drugs was mentioned in the hearing, the former PDEA chief cited the Pampanga buy-bust case as an example.

In fact, he said, Magalong was hesitant to mention names in an open public hearing, which prompted  the  committee to hold an executive session on  September 19.