PNP Chief to critics: Public will judge my stint

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Oscar Albayalde responded to criticisms within the police force on his appointment as PNP chief.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 23) — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde said he is not swayed by critics within the police force who are undermining his appointment.

"It will not be me who will be saying if I deserve this or not. It is the people of the Philippines who will say that, if ever, I deserve this position or not," Albayalde said in a media briefing after his first flag raising ceremony as PNP chief on Monday.

The statement was in response to policemen who aired their grievances online over Albayalde's stint as Metro Manila police chief.

Albayalde said he dismissed 279, suspended 825, and demoted 99, as well as filed 1,750 cases against policemen at the time.

He said his critics could be charged with insubordination.

"Kailanman ay hindi tama sa amin ang [mag-backbite] especially if yung [bina-backbite] mo is your commander," he said.

[Translation: Backbiting is never allowed within the police force, especially backbiting your commander]

Albayalde said while he is not against criticisms from subordinates, rules should be followed in raising complaints.

"You can always say what you want doon sa grievance committee. Sabi ko nga kaninang umaga, my office is always open to everybody, kung sinong gustong magsabi or may gustong sabihin officially and unofficially," he said.

[Translation: You can always say what you want to the grievance committee. This morning I said my office is always open to everybody - those who have something to say, officially and unofficially.]

He said his appointment serves as a "lesson" to his critics. Although he did not plan to become PNP chief, Albayalde said it was a matter of fate.

"Hindi ko naman probably talaga expected yung pagiging chief PNP (I didn't probably expect to be chief of the PNP) It's destiny. It's God-given. It happens in God's time," he said.

As he mentioned in his change of command ceremony on Thursday, he will require Special Action Force training for all police officers including fresh graduates from the national police academy.

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He added that he will create a "counter-intelligence task force" that will expedite pending cases against police officers.

Albayalde became PNP chief on April 19.