By Hannah Torregoza
Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday welcomed Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde’s decision to step down ahead of his retirement, saying it was appropriate but did not guarantee a closure on the controversy about “ninja cops.”
Hontiveros said she believes there would be no let up on the part of the Senate to investigate the alleged involvement of some police officials in the recycling of illegal drugs seized in anti-narcotics operation.
“I welcome the decision of General Oscar Albayalde, my mistah, to relinquish his post as chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP),” Hontiveros said in a statement.
“Given the gravity of accusations, which have further demoralized an already misdirected police force, his decision to step down was appropriate,” she said.
“However, This is not closure,” she stressed.
The senator said the decision of Albayalde to step down from his post doesn’t mean that senators will no longer raise the issue about the “agaw-bato” scheme and about the existence of rogue cops.
“Rather, this is an important development in the people’s quest for truth, justice and accountability,” Hontiveros stressed.
“May this aid us all in our collective effort to continue to ferret out the truth, hold all responsible accountable and redeem the tarnished image and reputation of our police force,” added the senator.