PAMPANGA

Limlingan: Wrong timing

The Advocate

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar D. Albayalde is a victim of an accusation on a timing that is wrong. Now that he is about to retire by next month, he is accused of "coddling", if not protecting, some members of the PNP who allegedly "recycled" some confiscated kilos of illegal drugs.

The accuser is not new to Albayalde's life as a police official. Then Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief and now Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong hurled accusations to Albayalde that is alleged to have happened in 2013 when the now PNP Chief is the Provincial Director of Pampanga, his home province.

The question now is why only now that Magalong is pointing an accusing finger to the top man of the national police who is about to retire? The timing is very questionable and the question "Why only now?" warrants and deserves in-depth scrutiny.

The alleged incident happened in 2013 and let us be reminded that its 2019 now. Magalong could have asked for the filing of cases against the alleged "ninja cops" and not just use the issue to taint the career and wonderful record of the outgoing chief. It is quite evident that Magalong is simply using the issue on illegal drugs recycling but his motive is to destroy the reputation of Albayalde.

We cannot just be physically cut our skins and injure ourselves now and say "aray" after 6 years. In this sense, Magalong could have been negligent then because he had the chance to blow the whistle but he did not. He is doing it way late and untimely for the retiring Albayalde.

The accusations against Albayalde are evidently ill-motived and the credibility of Magalong's timing should instead be the focus on the Senate's investigation along line with the said "ninja cops". If I am one of the investigating senators, I would question the integrity of the acussation's timing.

It is quite clear that the motive against Albayalde is more personal rather than professional. One can think that Magalong could have been the PNP Chief himself during his time but he was not appointed to the position. He was disappointed perhaps or demoralized for such and now that he is a city mayor that he sees its payback time.

Both generals came from the Philippine Military Academy. They are sons of the country's premier military institution and are now bickering with accusations. Again, there is this wrong timing now that the Academy is haunted by hazing issues that resulted into the death of a 4th class cadet. The PMA has been tainted with such kind.

The late Cadet Dormitorio could have been another general if he had not been a victim of a senseless death. In military training institutions, there are times that the "sons of guns" are the favorites of upperclassmen in terms of hazing activities. Dormitorio is a son of a retired army colonel. Military institutions condemn such acts and never tolerate it. How come it does happen?

If the military is true in condemning and not tolerating such harsh acts, how come there is another cadet who perished with the hands of their supposed mistahs? Its time that generals should look deeper into such cases of violence inside to what is supposed to be an institution of leadership.

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