October 11, 2019
The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan today asked PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde to resign amidst damning revelations about his past involvement in a “ninja cop” operation and his efforts to shield his men from accountability when he was already the PNP head.
“The Senate investigations has revealed Gen. Albayalde’s unfitness for the position of PNP Chief. It doesn’t matter if he is retirable in a month. He should not stay a day longer,” the group demanded in a picket protest this morning at the gates of the PNP Headquarters in Camp Crame.
Bayan said among the damning information revealed in the ongoing Senate investigations were: 1) That as Pampanga provincial director, Albayalde not only failed to investigate the ninja cop operation but even filed an official report supporting his men’s fictitious version of the operation and commending himself and his men for it; 2) That he admitted that he “only got a little” from the operation to police official Rudy Lacdain who was then investigating the incident; 3) That as PNP Chief, he asked then PNP Central Luzon regional director Aaron Aquino not to implement the order dismissing the 13 men involved in the operation; 4) That as PNP chief, he allowed officials involved in the operation to be retained and even assigned to juicy posts.
“Albayalde should also resign for overseeing the expansion of tokhang-style extrajudicial killings to include not just drug suspects but activists, political dissenters and unarmed civilians suspected of having links with the CPP-NPA-NDFP,” said Bayan, citing PNP’s Oplan Sauron in Negros Oriental that have resulted in the deaths of at least 30 civilians so far.
Aside from Albayalde’s resignation, Bayan said there was a need to “dismantle the Philippine Military Academy mafia that have lorded over the PNP’s criminal syndicate like operations.”
“The involvement of and protection given by Albayalde and most likely other PNP officials to ninja cops and drug lords shows why Duterte’s war on drugs is a farce. Only the small fry are caught or killed while the big fish get away,” the group added.#