Deploring ‘baseless’ allegations against him, Albayalde leaves PNP after insisting he won’t quit.
PHILIPPINE National Police chief General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday resigned in the aftermath of the Senate inquiry into the controversial 2013 Pampanga anti-narcotics operation carried out by his men who were accused of misdeclaring the actual volume of shabu they seized, freeing a suspected Chinese drug lord for P50 million and arresting another foreigner whom they presented as the owner of the recovered drugs.
PNP Deputy Chief for Administration, Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, a lawyer-classmate of Gen. Albayalde from Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986, was designated as PNP Officer-in-Charge.
“Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to talk to SILG (Secretary of Interior and Local Government) Secretary Eduardo Año, about the events that have transpired in recent days, particularly the Senate investigation on the alleged ‘agaw bato’ issue in which I am being implicated.
“After careful thought and deliberation, I have come to the decision to relinquish my post as Chief,PNP effective today and go on non-duty status. I have submitted my letter of intent to Secretary Año which he accepted and favorably endorsed to the President,” the embattled official said in his farewell message before his officers and men during the traditional flag-raising rites at the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame.
“Since I am retiring compulsorily on November 8, 2019 this will pave the way for the appointment of my replacement should the President so desire,” he added.
The 22nd PNP chief however maintained his innocence of the charges hurled against him.
“On the matter of the Senate investigation in regard which I have been implicated let me recall the following:
“The incident happened on November 29, 2013.
“Records will show that I was not included in the validation conducted by the Regional Intelligence Division 3 and the Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit 3 on the alleged irregularities on the conduct of the buy bust operation,” he said.
“Because of alleged irregularities criminal proceedings were instituted by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group before the Department of Justice on May 12, 2014 against those allegedly involved. I was not among those named as respondent.
In a resolution approved on June 8, 2017 by C.P. Jorge G. Catalan Jr., Acting Prosecutor General, the complaint against all the respondents for violation of Section 27 and 29, Republic Act 9165 were dismissed for insufficiency of evidence and the complaint for Section 32 of RA 9165 was likewise dismissed for lack of probable cause.
Concurrently, administrative proceedings were instituted by the Police Regional Office 3 on the same incident and again I was not among those charged.
I was provincial Director of Pampanga Police Provincial Office at the time. As a result of the incident I was placed on floating status at the Regional Personnel and Holding Unit at PRO3 for eight months,” he added.
He continued: “On July 1, 2016 I was appointed Director of the National Capital Region Police Office which position I held until my appointment to my present position as Chief of the PNP on April 19, 2018. No protest was made on my appointment. Implicitly, it may be assumed that the President himself was aware of my appointment to that position.
In light of those circumstances, the charges before the Senate and the testimonies were apparently inspired by the publicity which has accompanied the Senate investigation.
I thank President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for his trust and confidence and for giving me the opportunity to lead the Philippine National Police and serve the Filipino people. In my one year and six months as Chief, PNP, I have served my country well.
“I thank the Filipino people for their support and cooperation and for continuing to inspire the police force in rendering their best services to the nation.
“I thank the men and women of the Philippine National Police for their hard work, loyalty and dedication to the service, and for helping me face the challenges and achieve the objectives I set forth during my term as Chief,PNP.
My last command as your Chief, PNP is for you to carry on in the service of our fellow Filipinos so that all of us may live and work in peace. Do not let these challenges demoralize or stray you from your path,” he added.
Albayalde did not give any media interview after reading his speech.