By Aaron Recuenco
The power struggle for the soon-to-be-vacant position of the Chief Philippine National Police (PNP) could be the reason why he is being dragged into the drug recycling controversy, embattled Police General Oscar Albayalde said.
Albayalde is set to reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 on November 8 and according to him, some senior police officials are now working to replace him.
“My opinion is that this has something to do with the struggle for the next PNP chief,” said Albayalde when asked on the possible motive in an interview over dzMM.
“Maybe there are some contenders there who are afraid of endorsement power. That is why they want to discredit me so that they would turn my endorsement to a kiss of death,” he added.
Albayalde would not name the senior officials whom he suspects to be behind in the drug recycling controversy.
The few weeks leading to the appointment of new PNP Chief is usually the time of intense politics inside the PNP. Aside from the contenders themselves, their supporters would usually back any contenders in exchange for juicy posts afterwards.
In some cases, it is the incumbent PNP chief who makes recommendations to the President as his possible successor.
Albayalde was endorsed by then PNP chief and now Sen. Ronald dela Rosa.
“But this is just my opinion and personal assessment because I cannot really see any reason why I am being dragged into this, a month before my retirement,” said Albayalde.
Albayalde was accused of intervening in the dismissal of 13 of his men in connection with the dubious drug raid in Pampanga where more than 160 kilos of shabu and more than P60 million were allegedly paid for the release of a drug lord. Albayalde was then the provincial director of Pampanga.
Albayalde repeatedly denied the allegations.