Graft case vs ex-PNP chief Albayalde a 'positive' development, says Magalong

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Posted at Jan 17 2020 12:47 PM

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The corruption case of former Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde is a "very positive" development, said a former official who accused him of protecting personnel who allegedly resold confiscated narcotics. 

Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong last year claimed that Albayalde sought to defer a dismissal order against 13 of his former subordinates from the Pampanga police, who were accused of pilfering some 160 kilos of shabu in a 2013 operation. 

Prosecutors found "probable cause" to charge Albayalde for not punishing the officers, the justice department said Thursday. 

"Nalulungkot po ako dahil lumalabas po na iyong leadership ng PNP na dapat malinis — dahil leadership by example po iyan, ang transformation po e leadership-driven — nagkataon po na iyong mismong pinakamataas na official e tainted iyong kaniyang kredibilidad at reputasyon," said Magalong. 

(I am sad because it appears that the leadership of the PNP which should be clean — because there should be leadership by example, transformation is leadership driven — it turned out that that the highest official's credibility and reputation is tainted.) 
 
President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to choose Albayalde's replacement. 

Magalong, meanwhile, said he had yet to set his sights on the 2022 polls, contrary to speculation that he would gun for a national post then. 

"I've not set my sights on 2022... If I set my sights beyond 3 years, wala po akong magagawa dito sa Baguio. Wala po akong oras na mamulitika," the former police official said. 

(If I set my sights beyond 3 years, I won't be able to accomplish anything here in Baguio. I have no time for politics.) 

DZMM, Jan. 17, 2020