New PNP chief, AFP CoS named; no crackdown on critics – Palace

Published April 23, 2018, 12:00 AM

by Francine Ciasico

 

Fred M. Lobo
Fred M. Lobo

 

By FRED M. LOBO

 

President Duterte has named and sworn in Director General Oscar Albayalde, erstwhile National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) director, as the new chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Another tough officer to handle the PNP after Director General “Bato”  dela Rosa.

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The President likewise named and installed Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. as chief of staff (CoS) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Changing of the guard to strengthen peace and fight rebels, if necessary.

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Malacañang, meanwhile, said there will be no crackdown on foreign critics of the Duterte administration despite the “investigation” of Australian missionary Patricia Fox.

But pertinent laws will be enforced against foreigners engaging in political activities, the Palace said.

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Albayalde assumed the top PNP post in a turnover ceremony from retiring PNP chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, presided by President Duterte at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Better training and discipline will be required of every cop, he stressed.

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“All our recruits and new officers shall be required to undergo standard SAF training before they get deployed in the different regions,” said Albayalde in his speech..

Those with SAF training are more prepared and disciplined for the job, he said.

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“We shall impose and breathe discipline 24/7 and implement reforms on all levels in the PNP. First, we will show respect both to ourselves and to the public. Because genuine public service I believe is anchored on respect,” said Albayalde.

“Self-respect is what guides our morals as individuals and our collaborative action as an organization. We wear our uniforms properly and with pride, we do not sleep while we are on duty, and we do not betray our oath of office by engaging in illegal activities,” he emphasized.

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Albayalde added he will make sure that every policemen is worth the big salary increase granted them since January this year.

“If we want to win the trust of the Filipino people who pays our salary – which the President doubled recently – we will serve with all honesty, honor, and integrity,” he stressed.

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The new PNP chief also instructed all regional directors and provincial commanders to help him conduct regular inspections the 2,766 police stations nationwide.

“Regularly assess the operational readiness of our forces on the ground. I will be accessible 24/7 and I expect all our commanders to be accessible anytime of the day too,” Albayalde said.

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He disclosed that Director Camilo Pancratius Cascolan has been designated as the next NCRPO chief from head of the Directorate for Operations, a post that will be assumed by Chief Supt. Mao Aplasca.

Aplasca will be replaced by Chief Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar as regional director of the Calabarzon regional police, while Senior Supt. Joselito Esquivel will assume the leadership of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) which will be vacated by Eleazar.

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Duterte installed Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. as Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff, replacing retiring General Guererro.

I will defend the Filipino people from all enemies of peace and democracy, he vowed.

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“It is the best time to walk the path of peace,” Galvez said, inviting all rebels to abandon their “pointless struggles and return to their families and communities.”

“I once again propose to you, brothers and sisters, that you consider returning to the fold of the law and avail of government’s offer to end all conflicts,” he appealed.

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“We shall always prefer to take the path of peace… step up our collaboration and… help address the root causes of the conflict,” he added.

Yes to peace for the country! Yes to peace and order for the people!

 
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