Drilon: Drug war of Duterte admin loses credibility amid controversy involving PNP chief

Composite photo of PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde and Sen. Franklin Drilon via ABS CBN News

Criticism against the drug war of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration has strengthened due to recent controversy involving Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said on Wednesday that the fight against narco being waged by the government is losing its credibility following the "ninja cops" scandal involving the PNP chief.

Drilon said Albayalde has already "tarnished" his stint as PNP chief when his name got dragged in the irregular anti-drug operation in Pampanga in 2013 when he was provincial director.

The opposition senator said that former Criminal Investigation and Detection Group director and now Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong's claim against the PNP chief was a “very serious allegation.”

“Given the ‘tokhang’ campaign, which has kilIed thousands of people and supposedly drug dealers, the drug campaign loses its credibility when you hear of these allegations between high-ranking officials of the PNP,” Drilon said, according to a report by Inquirer.

“I don’t really know what he can do. His credibility is tarnished one month before he retires,” Drilon said referring to Albayalde

During a Senate hearing over a case involving rogue cops, Magalong accused Albayalde of intervening in the case of his former men at the Pampanga police office who were accused of making off with millions worth of shabu seized during a November 2013 raid in Mexico town.

Magalong said then PNP chief Alan Purisima tipped him off about the allegedly anomalous anti-narcotics operation after getting word that several officers, including Albayalde himself, started buying new SUVs.

Source: Inquirer

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