Albayalde to IAS: Expedite resolution of cases involving errant cops

Published April 23, 2018, 2:00 PM

by iManila Developer

By Aaron Recuenco

Director General Oscar Albayalde, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), has instructed the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) to expedite the resolution of cases involving erring policemen as part of the intensified internal cleansing process.

Newly appointed PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde speaks during a press conference at Camp Crame, April 20 , 2018. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)
Newly appointed PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)

Albayalde also warned that he would duplicate his policy when he was still the chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) wherein he would show no mercy to all the errant cops.

In his stint as NCRPO chief, Albayalde said he had ordered the dismissal of 279 Metro Manila policemen. On the other hand, thousands of NCRPO cops were meted with various penalties, including the sending of more than 400 cops to Basilan.

“I gave instructions to our IAS to expedite all the administrative cases of the PNP. If we know that the policemen are really at fault, then we have to be very fast,” Albayalde said.

The speedy resolution of cases, according to Albayalde, is also part of the due process of policemen whom he said are mostly charged with harassment cases.

Pending cases against policemen usually serve as a stumbling block for promotion, reassignment and even availing of retirement benefits.

“So this is not about dismissing or suspending them, this is to afford then due process also because not all policemen who were charged are guilty,” said Albayalde.

At the same time, Albayalde urged police commanders to keep him informed of the situation in their respective areas of jurisdiction so as not to suffer the same fate of Metro Manila police commanders who were sacked for keeping him blind on the crime situation.

It was recalled that prior to the announcement that he would be the next PNP chief, Albayalde sacked the commanders of Caloocan Police and station commander of a Manila police for failure to address shooting incidents and failing to inform him.

“As much as possible, what I just request from my commanders is always to keep me informed of anything, yung mga significant incidents na nangyayari sa area nila,” dela Rosa said.

“I have to be informed because I also have to inform the President,” he added.