Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde feels like he is being ganged up during the hearings of the Senate Blue Ribbon and Justice Committees.
Albayalde made the statement after the testimony of retired PGen. Rudy Lacadin implied that the former benefited from the irregular 2013 buy-bust operation in Mexico, Pampanga
Lacadin said on Wednesday, Oct. 8, that, during his term as deputy director for operations of the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, he said that he received a call from Albayalde, who inquired on the investigation concerning the 2013 operation.
The former police official revealed that Albayalde said that he received ‘only little’ during the conversation.
“He (Albayalde) called me up actually. Ang usapan, I cannot exactly remember the conversation, but ang naalala ko is that ‘sir ay parang naimbestigahan niyo daw kami’. Iyon ang tono. So sabi ko ‘yes Oca, I cannot inform you na nag-coconduct ako ng investigation because this is just a validation but if you have nothing to hide, wala naman kayong dapat katakutan’,” Lacadin recalled regarding their conversation.
“I don’t know if jokingly, ang sabi niya ‘actually sir konti lang ang napunta sa akin diyan’,” added Lacadin, who said that he did not seek further elaboration since it might influence his investigation.
When asked for a response by Sen. Richard Gordon, chairperson of both the Senate Blue Ribbon and Justice Committees, Albayalde, who was the chief of the Pampanga police when the 2013 operation happened, said that it’s ‘very unlikely’ that he would speak with Lacadin since they never worked under the same office in the PNP.
“I really do not know sir kung ano yung conspiracy dito pero it seems that everybody is ganging up on me. I really do not know,” Albayalde said.
The PNP chief further stressed that charges should have been filed against him if he really was involved or benefited from the questionable operation in Mexico.
“Hindi ko alam kung ano ang against niya sa akin, si Gen. Lacadin, pero kung sabihin mong sinabi ko iyon, ang tanong ko ulet, why was I not charged?,” Albayalde said.
“After all these investigation, tatlo na ang nag-imbestiga, Your Honor, why was I not charged?,” the PNP chief stressed.
During the previous hearings conducted by the Senate, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director Gen. Aaron Aquino, a former regional director of the Central Luzon Police, said that Albayalde asked him not to implement the dismissal order against the 13 police officers involved in the 2013 buy-bust operation.
Albayalde also denied the allegation and insisted that he only contacted Aquino in order to ask an update on the dismissal order for the families of the 13 policemen.