Kasong graft vs ex-PNP chief Albayalde, ibinasura ng Ombudsman

Robie de Guzman   •   November 15, 2021   •   775

Former PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde

MANILA, Philippines – Inabswelto ng Office of the Ombudsman si dating Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde sa kasong graft na isinampa ng Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

Sa inilabas na desisyon, sinabi ng Ombudsman na walang sapat na basehan ang kasong isinampa ng CIDG laban kay Albayalde.

Ang kaso ay may kinalaman sa alegasyong inimpluwensiyahan ng dating PNP chief ang kasong may kinalaman sa iligal na droga kung saan isinasangkot ang mga dati niyang tauhan.

Sa isang pahayag, nagpasalamat naman si Albayalde sa lahat ng sumuporta sa kanya sa gitna ng pagsubok.

“It has been especially hard on my children who were immensely hurt by these false accusations,” ani Albayalde.

Ayon sa dating heneral, ang desisyon ng Department of Justice at ng Ombudsman ay patunay lang ng kanyang paninindigan na ang mga pag-atake laban sa kanya ay walang basehan at walang ebidensiya.

“As I have maintained since the beginning, I have placed my full trust in our justice system, and thankfully the truth has prevailed,” ang wika ng retiradong heneral.

Eleazar urges support for next PNP chief Dionardo Carlos

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2021

Outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Wednesday urged the police force to rally behind the leadership of his successor, Police Lieutenant General Dionardo Carlos.

Carlos was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to replace Eleazar, who is set to retire on Friday, November 13 as he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.

“The President has decided, now is the perfect time for the PNP to express our unity and solidarity behind the chain of command as we welcome a new leader who will ensure continuity of command in our organization,” Eleazar said in a statement.

Eleazar said Carlos needs all the support to face the challenges and accomplish the mission to eradicate criminality and illegal drugs in the country.

“The mission ahead is as huge as the responsibility that rests on the shoulders of General Carlos. I wish him all the best in the new post even as I offer myself in my humble capacity as a retired PNP Chief in whatever assistance I can provide,” he said.

Carlos is a member of Philippine Military Academy Maringal Class of 1988.

Prior to his appointment as the country’s top cop, he served as PNP spokesperson and chief of the Aviation Security Group. He also headed the PNP Directorial Staff.

He will serve as PNP chief until his retirement on May 8, 2022.


Dionardo Carlos named next PNP chief

Robie de Guzman   •   November 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Lieutenant General Dionardo Bernardo Carlos as the next chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), according to a document released by Malacañang on Wednesday.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte signed Dionardo’s appointment paper on November 10.

He will take over the post on November 13 when outgoing chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar retires from service.

“We confirm that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed today, November 10, 2021, the appointment of Dionardo Bernardo Carlos as the new Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), effective November 13, 2021,” Roque said.

“We are confident that Gen. Carlos will continue making the PNP a professional, capable and reform-oriented organization that we envision it to be,” he added.

Carlos is a member of Philippine Military Academy Maringal class of 1988.

Prior to his appointment as the country’s top cop, Carlos served as PNP spokesperson and chief of the Aviation Security Group.

Duterte yet to decide on next PNP chief – Año

Robie de Guzman   •   November 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to pick the next chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who will replace outgoing Police General Guillermo Eleazar, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said.

Año said Duterte is having difficulty in deciding on whom to pick among the list as this would be his last appointment before his term ends in 2022.

“Una, ‘yung lahat ng mga kandidato, kilala niya, nagsilbi rin sa kanya. Pangalawa, ito kasi ‘yung pinakahuli na ia-appoint niya bago ‘yung susunod na election kaya kailangan pag-aralan niyang mabuti,” he said.

Año earlier said he submitted five names for Duterte’s selection but did not disclose its content.

The next top cop will succeed Eleazar who is set to retire from service on Nov. 13.

Eleazar, for his part, believes that whomever Duterte will appoint as the country’s next top cop will be “competent enough” to lead the police force.

“Ako’y naniniwala na itong shortlist na isinubmit sa ating pangulo kahit sino ang mapili sa kanila ay competent enough na slang susuportahan ng lahat miyembro ng PNP at hopely ng ating publiko din,” he said.

“Aking ginagawa ang maayos na transition para sa pagsasalin ng pamumuno ng PNP sa kung sino man ang hihirangin ng ating pangulo,” he added.

Eleazar declined to divulge his plans after his stint in the PNP but stressed that his retirement from service will allow him to spend more time with his family.


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