Police generals won’t be spared in Albayalde’s sacking spree

Rambo Talabong
Police generals won’t be spared in Albayalde’s sacking spree
NCRPO chief Director Oscar Albayalde says he would fire non-performing district directors under his supervision

MANILA, Philippines – No one will be safe from the sacking spree of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Oscar Albayalde, who said that even one-star police generals under his supervision will be relieved of their posts if they fail to curb crime in their respective areas.

“We can assure you na even kung talagang merong pagkukulang yung mga district dirctors satin (that even if district directors lack) we will not hesitate [to sack them]. Also even the chief PNP, sinabi niya (he said) we will not hesitate to relieve even the district director,” Albayalde said in a press briefing on Tuesday, March 27.

The district directors Albayalde referred to are all one-star police general positions. 

(READ: Crimes, except homicide, in the Philippines down by 21.8% in 2017)

What are district directors? District directors are positions special to Metro Manila. They are police commanders higher than city police chiefs and directly below the NCRPO director.

They hold one-star ranks as police generals, heading a cluster of cities or one big metropolis.

Examples of one-city police districts are the Manila Police District and the Quezon City Police District. (See the commissioned officers of the NCRPO here.)

The last time Albayalde sacked a district director was in September 2017. Northern Police District director Chief Superintendent Roberto Fajardo was relieved of his post following the controversial killing of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos.

The current district directors are:

  • Northern Police District – Chief Superintendent Amando Empiso
  • Southern Police District – Chief Superintendent  Tomas Apolinario
  • Eastern Police District – Chief Superintendent  Reynaldo Biay
  • Quezon City Police District – Chief Superintendent  Guillermo Eleazar
  • Manila Police District – Chief Superintendent Joel Coronel

Why the warning? Albayalde’s statement comes a day after he announced the sacking of Caloocan City police chief Senior Superintendent Jemar Modequillo for failing to crack down on riding-in-tandem shootings.

The hardline stance was necessary, Albayalde said. Out of 77 incidents between December 5, 2017, and March 14, 2018, only 9 have been solved.

When the PNP was taken out of President Rodrigo Duterte’s intense anti-illegal drugs campaign, it declared a war against riding-in-tandem shooters. – Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.