Philippine National Chief (PNP) Gen. Oscar Albayalde has tendered his resignation on Monday amid ‘ninja cops’ investigation in a Pampanga drug operation in 2013.
Albayalde announced this during his early morning speech before police officers in Camp Crame.
“After careful thought and deliberation, I have come to the decision to relinquish my post as Chief PNP effective today and go on a non-duty status. I have submitted my letter of intent to Secretary Año which he accepted and favorably endorsed to the President,” he said.
According to him, his earlier retirement, which is a bit ahead of his expected mandatory retirement on November 8, 2019, will pave the way for President Rodrigo Duterte to appoint his replacement.
Albayade also mentioned he talked to Interior Secretary Eduardo Año in the weekend about the Senate probe on the controversial anti-drug operation when he was still the provincial PNP director in Pampanga in 2013.
However, the 55-year-old general asserted his innocence in the questionable police drug operation.
Serving as the PNP chief since April 2018, Albayalde acknowledged the “hard work, loyalty, and dedication to the service” of all PNP personnel. Aside from that, he thanked them for helping him confront the struggles of being a PNP chief as well as for accomplishing his goals while serving his term.
“My last command as 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,” Albayalde said.
He also expressed gratitude to Duterte for his trust and confidence and for granting him the opportunity to serve the PNP, the Filipinos and his country, which he believed he had served well.
“And above all, I thank God Almighty for this once in a lifetime opportunity to have led as the 22nd chief of the Philippine National Police,” he added.
Meanwhile, Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong, a chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, said that Albayalde had mediated in the Senate hearings regarding the ninja cops, trying to absolve the PNP personnel who administered the drug raid in Pampanga.
Furthermore, retired police General Rufy Lacadin stated the Albayalde called him concerning the investigation of the 2013 drug raid and told Lacadin that he “got just a little” from that operation.