Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Oscar Albayalde will enjoy his retirement benefits after he stepped down on his post connecting allegations that he is involved in the controversial 2013 Pampanga anti-drug operation, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said Monday.
“He can retire fully and enjoy the benefits,” he told ABS-CBN News.
Albayalde was chief of Pampanga police in 2013 when 13 of his subordinates were accused of recycling seized 160 kilos of shabu, nonetheless, no administrative or criminal charges were filed against him, insisted Año.
The retirement benefits of a top PNP official amounts to millions. Albayalde may lose his retirement benefits once a case is filed against him and the court finds him guilty, noted Año.
Albayalde is now on “terminal leave” and announced that he would step down on October 29.
Albayalde was scheduled to resign on November 8, when he reaches the mandatory age of retirement of 56. Due to the rising controversy, Albayalde will leave his post 2 weeks earlier.
Furthermore, Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa, Albayalde’s classmate from the Philippine Military Academy Sinagtala of 1986, will be the PNP officer-in-charge.
Aside from Lt. Gen. Gamboa, Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan, who is set to be promoted as the deputy chief for operations; and Major General Guillermo Eleazar, chief of the Directorial Staff, are the candidates for the next PNP chief, according to Año.
Lastly, “We will try to dig into the candidates and make sure that there is no controversy against them,” he added.