Duterte OK with PNP revamp – Palace
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has “agreed” with a major revamp at the Philippine National Police (PNP) ahead of his appointment of a new PNP Chief.
The revamp came as some policemen, including former PNP chief Oscar Albayalde, are facing charges for allegedly recycling illegal drugs seized from operations.
On October 14, Albayalde resigned as PNP chief, weeks ahead of his retirement on November 8 following alleged irregularities in anti-drug operations during his term as chief of Pampanga Police Provincial Office
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte “agreed” with the recommendation of revamping PNP during the last joint PNP-AFP command conference in Malacañang last week.
“He (Duterte) agreed with the revamp. That’s good for the PNP, any revamp will always be good for an organization after a while because mahirap ‘yung nagkakaroon na kayo ng ugat doon sa mga posisyon ninyo,” Panelo said in a Palace briefing.
Meanwhile, Panelo said it is up to the court to determine whether Albayalde was liable over the alleged drug recycling by so-called ninja cops.
“Ninja cop” is a conversational term for law enforcers who pilfer and profit from illegal drugs that were seized from police operations.
On Monday, the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group filed a criminal complaint against Albyalde.
“From the very start, we said if they feel they have a case against anyone, then they can file it and let the law take its course,” Panelo said when sought for comment. /kga
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