Albayalde on 'ninja cops': Pilit akong idinadawit

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 28 2019 01:01 AM

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet—Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde said Friday he felt being dragged into the controversy over "ninja cops" or those who allegedly resell confiscated narcotics.

"Pilit akong idinadawit do'n... This is a recycled thing and now it is being recycled," he told reporters at the 118th police service anniversary of Police Regional Office-Cordillera.

The country's top cop said he is willing to face a Senate investigation on the alleged involvement of rogue cops in the illegal drug trade to clear things up.

"Patapos na ako sa aking serbisyo. I really don't know why. I'm barely one month in the service. Magre-retire na ako ng November. Hindi ko alam why this thing keep on coming out," he said.

Asked for reaction about the revelation of former police official-turned Baguio City mayor Benjamin Magalong on "ninja cops," Albayalde said he doesn't hold hard feelings towards his former boss.

"Naging boss ko 'yan when I was a junior officer sa CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group). I have nothing against that person. Pero hindi ko po talaga alam," he said.

He said he even helped Magalong one time when the latter encountered problems in the service, but Albayalde didn't elaborate.

"You ask him kung hindi niya ko tinawagan one time to help him in his problem when he was still floating for so many years in the PNP," he said.

Albayalde was chief of the Pampanga police in 2007 when several of its members were accused of recycling drugs by Magalong, then head of the CIDG.

Magalong said last week that a "high-ranking official" was protecting 22 drug-dabbling officers, whom he identified in a Senate executive session.

"'Yong finile na criminal charges ay na-dismiss for lack of evidence. Na-dismiss way back, 'yon po ang totoo diyan," Albayalde said.

"Wala po ako do'n sa mga accused. Hindi po ako co-accused," he added.—With a report from Michelle Soriano, ABS-CBN News