Police Chief admits accepting ‘lechon’ on special occasions

Marje Pelayo   •   August 14, 2019   •   317

MANILA, Philippines – Police General Oscar Albayalde admitted to accepting ‘lechon’ during special occasions such as anniversaries and birthdays.

Yes, of course during anniversaries we all accept food, lechon Albayalde told reporters.

“I don’t want to be a hypocrite. Kumain din ako ng lechon (I also ate lechon),” he added.

On Monday, his predecessor, former Police Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa admitted to receiving Lacoste T-shirts among others during his term in the PNP.

Albayalde, however, did not directly answer when asked if he too received branded shirts.

“Well, out of gratitude kung minsan talagang may nagbibigay ng ganyan, (sometimes there are people who give such gifts),” the PNP Chief said.

Kung yung brand na sinasabi mo, I don’t think sobrang mahal na iyon not unless iyong ibang brand na hindi mo na mabili na kulang yung tatlong buwan mo na sweldo (If it’s the brand that you were referring to [Lacoste], I don’t think it’s that expensive, unless it’s another brand that is so pricey your three month’s worth of salary is not enough to cover it),” he added.

The PNP Chief, in defense, said there is nothing wrong with accepting gifts that are of “insignificant value” as long as it was not given to curry favor.

Kahit na ito ay insignificant in value kung meron itong kapalit then that is still a form of corruption ( (Even if it is of insignificant value but was made in exchange for a favor, then that is still a form of corruption ),” Albayalde argued.

Kung ang pagkain naman ay ipinapadala sa iyo araw araw tapos meron siyang hinihinging kapalit (If food is being sent to you every day, then, you are asked for something in exchange) like position or promotion or even a product that can assure him of winning in the bids and awards committee, then that’s a form of corruption. Hindi puwede sa amin iyon (We do not allow that),” he explained further, emphasizing that the same goes with extravagant gifts like a car or a house and lot.

In a statement, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said any cop or employee of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) who would solicit, directly or indirectly from people, may face both administrative and criminal charges as stated in the National Police Commission Memorandum Circular 2016-002.

The PNP Chief, meanwhile, said they have already charged several policemen for extortion and the PNP has a special unit for this.

“In our own effort inabolish namin yung (we abolished the) counter-intelligence task force at pinalitan namin ng (and changed it to) integrity monitoring and enforcement group – a national operating support unit, to go after this corrupt personnel in our ranks,“ Albayalde explained.

Still, Chief Albayalde maintains that there is no need for the public to give gifts to policemen because public service is part of their job. – with details from Lea Ylagan

No basis to file administrative raps vs Albayalde over ‘ninja cops’ issue – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   November 6, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday said it has found no substantial evidence to file an administrative complaint against former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Oscar Albayalde.

This is in relation to the alleged anomalies in a 2013 drug raid conducted by 13 Pampanga police officers, tagged as “ninja cops” for allegedly pilfering and recycling part of the illegal drugs they confiscated during the operation.

Albayalde was the provincial police head when the controversial operation occurred.

“Albayalde is liable for command responsibility; that is why he was relieved as Pampanga Provincial Director in 2014,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement.

“However, since he already relinquished his post as chief of PNP, he can no longer be relieved of his position at this time,” he added.

Albayalde relinquished his post and went on a non-duty status on Oct. 14 following allegations of his involvement in the anomalous raid.

He is set to retire from police service on Friday, Nov. 8.

The PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group included Albayalde as among the respondents in its amended referral complaint about the “ninja cops” issue.

Año said the cases against Albayalde will be up to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of the Ombudsman.

As to the 13 “ninja cops,” the DILG chief said new administrative charges will be filed in light of the new evidence gathered against them.

“The filing of new administrative charges against these Ninja cops is in light of new evidence gathered by the Joint DILG-Napolcom Review Committee as well as those that came out during the Senate Investigation,” Año said.

“The President has given his guidance to the DILG to pursue the administrative cases against the 13 Ninja cops which we have already started,” he added.

The DILG said the charges being pursued against these cops include serious irregularity in the performance of duty, dishonesty and grave misconduct.

These cops are also facing criminal charges before the DOJ.

“The charges to be filed against them will not be for the same offenses for which they were charged in the past. Moreover, the complaining witness this time will be the Napolcom which is vested with competent jurisdiction on the matter, hence, res judicata will not apply,” DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said in a statement.

Malaya said that the Joint Review Committee subpoenaed 21 persons composed of personalities who testified at the Senate.

The committee also reviewed documentary evidence consisting of the transcript of stenographic notes from the Senate hearings, as well as pertinent documents related to the 2013 Lakeshore incident.

Año also said that the National Police Commission has convened a Summary Hearing board to hear the charges against the alleged ninja cops.

He added that the summary dismissal proceedings against the respondents can be completed within 45 calendar days “without violating their right to due process.”

“Pending the resolution of their cases, the respondents will be placed under restrictive custody at Camp Crame,” he said.

Albayalde asks DOJ to dismiss charges against him

Maris Federez   •   November 5, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PGen Oscar Albayalde appealed to the Department of Justice to dismiss the complaints filed against him on the alleged anomalous operation of the so-called ninja cops in Mexico, Pampanga in 2013.

Albayalde said the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detention Group (CIDG) failed to present solid evidence against him in filing the charges, which stemmed from the allegation that the drugs seized in the drug raid in Pampanga with a street value of P648-million were recycled by the ninja cops.

The former police chief made the appeal during the DOJ’s investigation on the activities of the said ninja cops, in which he is facing a violation of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Acts of 2002 for the alleged wrongful storage of the confiscated illegal drugs.

In his counter-affidavit, Albayalde insisted that the accusation against him by the CIDG has no basis and that the DOJ has no jurisdiction to reopen the case.

Albayalde is also facing corruption charges for allegedly impeding the dismissal order against the said ninja cops.

The PNP-CIDG, on the other hand, is confident that the DOJ will indict Albayalde and the 13 ninja cops.

“Sa tingin ko mga 70 to 80 percent, I believe so. He is liable and probable cause lang naman hinahanap natin ditto,” said Police Lt. Col Joseph Orsos, Chief of the PNP CIDG Legal Division.

The DOJ will resume its investigation on Monday (November 11). (from the report of Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

DOJ vows to conduct ‘fair, thorough’ probe on raps vs Albayalde

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2019

Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde (EPA-EFE / ROLEX DELA PENA)

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday vowed to be fair and thorough in its investigation on charges against former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde.

Earlier in the day, the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) filed an amendment to its original complaint to include Albayalde as a respondent in criminal raps against 13 cops involved in the controversial 2013 operation in Mexico, Pampanga.

The amended complaint filed in the Department of Justice (DOJ) has added a case for violation of Section 92 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, graft, qualified bribery, falsification of public documents and dereliction of duty.

Albayalde, who was then the head of Pampanga provincial police, is the 14th respondent in the complaint against the team of police officers led by Major Rodney Baloyo who were accused of planting evidence and recycling of illegal drugs confiscated from an operation in Mexico, Pampanga.

“The inclusion of General Albayalde in the amended complaint affidavit filed by the PNP-CIDG before the DOJ today is a reflection of their assessment that general Albayalde may be held criminally liable for the acts or omissions alleged in the complaint,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said in a statement.

“For its part, the DOJ will conduct a fair and thorough investigation of the old and new charges and will afford general Albayalde his right to due process,” he added.

Albayalde welcomed his inclusion in the complaint, saying this will accord him due process.

The original charges against the 13 policemen were dismissed but the DOJ reopened the investigation after a Senate panel recommended in its report the filing of raps against Albayalde and 13 cops in line with the ‘ninja cops’ issue.

Albayalde last week relinquished his post as PNP chief amid the controversy and went on a non-duty status weeks before his supposed retirement on November 8.

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