By Martin Sadongdong
Following a shuffle at the top leadership of the Manila Police District (MPD) recently, Director General Oscar Albayalde, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, stated on Monday that he has high expectations for the new city police chief.
“Vic Danao is highly qualified,” Albayalde told reporters in a press conference at Camp Crame in Quezon City after the PNP flag ceremony.
“The national oversight committee deliberated and he was chosen to lead the MPD,” he added.
Danao replaced Chief Supt. Rolando Anduyan who was assigned as the district director of the Northern Police District (NPD) covering the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela.
The movement was triggered by the retirement of Chief Supt. Gregorio Lim on Wednesday.
Prior to being the MPD chief, Danao served as the deputy chief for operations of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Davao City police chief under then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte until 2016.
He is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Sambisig Class of 1991.
Albayalde said he directed Danao to instill discipline among the Manila cops.
Danao’s designation to Manila came just as the MPD was hit by a controversy where a rookie policeman was accused of raping a 15-year-old girl whose parents were apprehended over drug-related charges.
Albayalde also expects Danao to continue the relentless anti-illegal criminality and drugs campaign in the capital city.
“Just like any other commanders, we told him to continue the campaign on illegal drugs and criminality. Manila is Manila. There are areas dyan na talamak ang pagtutulak ng ilegal na droga (where drug selling is rampant),” he said.
That Danao served alongside President Duterte before and he is also from Davao City is a plus factor why he was chosen as the chief of the MPD, Albayalde admitted.
However, Albayalde said it was not the main reason why the national oversight committee picked Danao over other candidates.
“Noon pa siya being considered as DD [District Director]. Although, unang-una Malacañang is in Manila and he was assigned in Davao for so long eh isang factor ‘yun but that does not mean na iyon ang major factor (He has long been considered to be a district director. Although, Malacanang is in Manila and he was assigned in Davao for so long, it’s one factor but that does not mean it is a major factor),” he said.