No active cops behind killing of local execs — Albayalde

Published July 10, 2018, 8:45 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Aaron Recuenco

Director General Oscar Albayalde, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said yesterday that there is no indication so far that some policemen are moonlighting as executioner of local officials especially those being linked to illegal drugs trade.

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde (Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)
PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde (Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)

But Albayalde said that they are still looking into such possibility amid speculations that a well-trained marksman was the one who did the hit on Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili.

“As of this time, there is no indication but are looking into that. We have our own counter-intelligence watchlist but this is also being validated,” said Albayalde.

The official, however, admitted that based on their operations in the past, there were some dismissed or former policemen who turned into either assassins or contacts for gun-for-hire activities.

Halili was killed allegedly by a sniper shot while attending a flag-raising ceremony in front of the Tanauan City Hall last week.

Speculations immediately cropped up that the hitman could be a soldier, policeman or formerly assigned to law enforcement service due to the manner of attack which is not usual compared to other killings wherein gunmen would ambush or shoot their target at short range.

The involvement of policemen are also long suspected in war on drugs, what with rumors that they are being paid with P10,000 to P15,000 for every drug personalities they would kill.

But Albayalde shot down all the speculations on police involvement.

“There’s no such thing even the speculation that we have a quota (on drug kill). In fairness to the President, he did not say anything pertaining to that. We assure the public on that,” said Albayalde.

Interestingly, two junior police officials were arrested in Mindoro Oriental right after they allegedly gunned down a female anti-crime crusader in the province identified as Zenaida Luz.

One of them was even wounded after trading shots with pursuing cops. Reportedly seized from them were wigs, apparently part of the plan to hide their identity. The two cops were out on bail and were allowed to be back in the service.