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Albayalde is new PNP chief, Galvez to head AFP

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CAMP CRAME, Quezon City — President Rodrigo Duterte has announced the appointment of National Capital Region Police Office Oscar Albayalde as the incoming chief of the Philippine National Police.


The announcement immediately was lauded by leaders and the 190,000-strong PNP now headed by Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa.


Turnover of command reportedly will be on April 19 at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame.


Duterte also announced the appointment of Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, current chief of the Western Mindanao Command, as incoming chief of staff of the Armed Forces.


Galvez will replace Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero whose extended term expires also this April. Guerrero will be next administrator of the Maritime Autority (Marina) while dela Rosa will be the next chief of the Bureau of Prisons.  


“The PNP welcomes the appointment of Director Oscar Albayalde as incoming PNP chief, as announced by the President in his speech in Malacañang during the awarding of Gawad Saka 2017. The 190,000-strong PNP uniformed and non-uniformed personnel will give its full support to his leadership. His proven track record of service assures us that the policies of the government relative to public order and safety will be sustained,” said PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent John C. Bulalacao.


 Albayalde, who hails from San Fernando, Pampanga is a known nemesis of rogue and incompetent cops in Metro Manila.


“Si Albayalde lang sa PNP kasi tinanong ko ‘yung mga taga-Davao...” Duterte said in a speech at the Malacañang Palace.


The President added that locals in Davao described Albayalde as very strict, making the latter fit for the post.


“The stricter, the better,” the President said of the police official known for sacking officers he would find sleeping on the job during surprise inspections.


Albayalde said:“I am very very much thankful to the Good Lord and the President for giving trust and confidence in me.”


“Rest assured that I will not betray their trust and confidence. Yun ang maipapangako ko sa kanila,” Albayalde said.


He vowed to continue his work habit and support President Duterte’s reform programs particularly when it comes to the crackdown against criminality, terrorism, drugs and corruption.


Never assigned in Mindanao and although not a native of Davao City, Albayalde thanked Gen. Dela Rosa for supporting him all throughout his career.


“I would like to thank him (Dela Rosa) for his support. Hindi niya alam na malaking bagay ‘yung pag-eendorse  niya sa akin sa ating Presidente. So I want to thank him from the bottom of my heart, at ibinigay din niya sa akin yung tiwala niya. So again, I will not betray his trust and confidence,” he said.


He acknowledged that it was Gen. Dela Rosa’s endorsement which won him the race for the top PNP post.


President Duterte since last year had been taking notice of how Albayalde had been doing his job as Metro Manila police chief.

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