Oscar Albayalde is next PNP chief – Duterte

Pia Ranada
Oscar Albayalde, current Metro Manila police chief, will take over the post of Ronald dela Rosa

NEW CHIEF. Oscar Albayalde will soon head the Philippine National Police. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Metro Manila’s top cop will be the next Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, said President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, April 5.

“Chief [PNP], it’s Albayalde,” he said during the awarding of farmers and fishermen in Malacañang.

Duterte said he was considering two other candidates for the post. When he asked people “from Davao,” they said that one of the choices was too nice.

‘Sir ‘yan sir, mahusay ‘yan sir, mabait. Tapos si Albayalde, ‘Sir, masyadong istrikto ‘yan.’ ‘Yan si Albayalde ang inyo. Then Albayalde is the man for you. So the stricter the better,” said the President.

(‘Sir, that one is competent, kind.’ Then for Albayalde, ‘Sir, he’s too strict.’ So Albayalde is for you. Then Albayalde is the man for you. So the stricter the better.)

Albayalde is currently National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) regional director. He and current PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa were batch mates at the Philippine Military Academy, belonging to the Sinagtala Class of 1986.

Before serving as Metro Manila police chief, Albayalde headed the Pampanga Provincial Police Office.

Dela Rosa’s term extension by 3 months ends this month. Albayalde is set to take his oath as PNP chief on April 18, said Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque.

Dela Rosa is set to head the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) after he leaves the PNP.

Back in December 2017, Duterte had reportedly been considering someone else to be PNP chief after Dela Rosa – the PNP’s number two, Deputy Director General Ramon Apolinario. Apolinario had once served as Davao City police chief, like Dela Rosa. He had even been among Duterte’s choices to be his first PNP chief. – Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.