Napolcom exec defends Albayalde from detractors

September 23, 2019
Oscar D. Albayalde

NATIONAL Police Commission vice-chairman, Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao yesterday described as ‘rehashed’ unproven charges that Philippine National Police chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde protected his men who were investigated and charged in connection with a 2014 purported highly-irregular anti-narcotics operation in Pampanga.

Without being asked, Casurao shared the information specifically for Gen. Albayalde’s detractors that it was very clear that the PNP chief’s relief as Pampanga Police Provincial Office director in March 2014 was ‘purely administrative in nature.’

He aired his defense of the PNP chief in the presence of Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año and Gen. Albayalde himself.

Sec. Año also said that the policemen allegedly involved in the supposed drug recycling should be named. “Sana sa ganyang pagkakataon sabihin natin ‘yung pangalan, specific, para the Philippine National Police will do the appropriate action,”  he said.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino last week revealed that drug recycling is still rampant, saying that a suspected female drug lord was allegedly buying confiscated drugs from some rogue law enforcement authorities.

There were further speculations which followed the testimony of retired PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group head, General Benjamin B. Magalong, now the Baguio City mayor and an interview of Senator Richard Gordon where he made a gesture showing his four fingers when asked what was the rank of the highest official mentioned by Magalong during their executive session.

Gen. Albayalde is the only 4-star general in the police force. He also said that he doesn’t know what prompted Casurao to defend him before the press.

What he knows, according to the PNP chief is that ‘these are all recycled.’ “Baka uso din ang recycling sa perceptions. For the nth time, to make the records straight, to be fair to everyone, dapat sabihin (ang names), not make insinuations,” the PNP chief said.

According to Gen. Albayalde, the policemen named in the charges filed by the PNP-CIDG in 2014 were eventually absolved of the cases slapped on them after the criminal cases were dismissed by the court.

“Retiring na ako in weeks (Gen. Albayalde will be retiring this coming November 8), maybe this is part of something. It happened nearly six years ago, tapos lumalabas na 4-star ang involved eh ako lang naman ang 4-star sa PNP. Tinaya na namin buhay namin sa labang ito,” he said.