By Keith Calayag
The Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives is calling for the resignation of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Oscar Albayalde and 13 PNP officials accused of selling illegal drugs seized during buy-bust operations.
The demand is contained in House Resolution 416.
“Credible investigation necessitates the resignation of those implicated, including PNP Chief Albayalde, so as to remove any suspicion of a whitewash or that the investigation has been influenced, evidence has been tampered or suppressed and witnesses have been pressured,” read the resolution.
“It should be noted that Albayalde was among the first to quickly deny the exposé of drug recycling.”
The resolution also urges pertinent offices including the Office of the Ombudsman to file the appropriate charges against all those involved in the practice.
The name of Albayalde was dragged into the Senate probe of the so-called “ninja cops” after former PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and incumbent Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong accused him of intervening to relax the punishment on 13 police officers involved in a questionable Pampanga drug bust operation in 2013.
Albayalde, who was acting police director then allegedly requested not to implement the dismissal order against the 13 Pampanga policemen involved in the anti-drug operation.
The policemen were accused of not correctly declaring the amount of illegal drugs they seized in the said operation.
According to Magalong, the CIDG found out that the seized shabu was about 200 kilograms and not 38 kilograms as declared by the policemen.