Albayalde had no choice but to leave – Magalong

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Oscar Albayalde had “no choice” but to step down because fellow police officers were “eviting” him in the wake of charges that he shielded his men accused of catching illegal drugs, his accuser said Monday.

Current Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit and now Mayor Benjamin Magalong of Baguio City said Albayalde had no more the “moral high ground” to lead the 190,000 police.

Albayalde said starting Monday he was going on non-duty status. He said he quit the top post of the PNP on Oct. 29 last week. On November 8, when he turns 56, he will retire.

Although 13 of its officers are accused of pilfering some 160 kilos of shabu from a 2013 raid against an alleged Chinese drug lord, Albayalde was head of the Pampanga police.

In a recent Senate hearing, Magalong alleged that Albayalde was trying to postpone the order of dismissal against his former subordinates.

Another retired police officer, Rudy Lacadin, later claimed that Albayalde had called him to ask about the so-called “ninja cops” case and reportedly admitted that some of the drug loot had gone to him but only a little.

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