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Albayalde steps down as PNP chief General amid on-going ‘ninja cops’ fiasco

FILE PHOTO: Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Oscar Albayalde. REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Oscar Albayalde has stepped down from his post, earlier than previously announced, on Monday, October 14 amid the ongoing controversy of  ‘ninja cops’ that are allegedly under his supervision.

“After careful thought and deliberation, I have come to the decision to relinquish my post as Chief PNP effective today and go on non-duty status,” Albayalde said in his speech before the troops during the weekly flag-raising ceremony in Camp Crame.

Albayalde revealed that he had a meeting with Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año over the events that transpired recently  particularly the Senate inquiry on the alleged “agaw bato” in which he was implicated.

He said that Año “accepted and favorably endorsed to the President” his letter of intent to go on non-duty status.

“Since I am retiring compulsorily on Nov. 8, 2019, this will pave the way for the appointment of my replacement should the President so desire,” he said in his speech.

Following his resignation, the PNP has named Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa as the officer-in-charge.

Gamboa was among the top contenders to replace resigned police chief General He is a classmate of Albayalde in the Philippine Military Academy Sinagtala Class of 1986.



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