Forgiving is PNP chief’s great skill

November 06, 2018

“THE WEAK can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” These are the words of the great Mahatma Gandhi which I will relate to the case of PNP chief, General Oscar Albayalde who will be marking his 55th birthday tomorrow.

Many friends from the police force have told me that Gen. Albayalde is proving to all and sundry that he is a forgiving person, that he can make amends and forgive those who have wronged him in the past by simply coming to him and saying sorry or apologizing for their human mistakes.

And the Chief,PNP has literally proven that forgiveness is a bold leadership skill, actually one of the most important components of his leadership. I am saying this because I know several police officers who literally ‘wronged’ Gen. Albayalde when he was still the Pampanga police director and later the chief of the NCRPO.

However, he has become a better leader in the eyes of his peers and colleagues when he forgave them and gave them the chance to earn their star-rank or occupy much higher positions in police regional offices.

To many, Gen. Albayalde knows when to forgive past wrongs in the service of building a much brighter future for the police force, an act which really makes him and his family happy, apart from giving him the peace of mind that will make him more successful.

There is really no substitute for forgiving. Although all leaders must be firm and should always foster accountability, they must always have the crucial leadership quality of forgiving others which makes them great in the eyes of the public and in the eyes of the Good Lord.

After being The Chief since last April 19, I would also like to congratulate him and wife Cherrylyn for producing humble and highly-respecting kids. I am a personal witness to this. When my family and I paid our respects to Gen. Albayalde’s late mother last July, one of his sons who was present in the wake approached me and took my hands to give me a ‘mano.’

Last month, my family and I were having dinner in a Quezon City restaurant when a common friend named Jojo arrived with several companions. When Jojo saw me, he called one of his friends who turned out to be another son of the Chief and introduced me. Without any hesitation, the young Albayalde stood from his seat, went to our table and gave me the ‘mano,’ an honoring-gesture’ in our culture. Those were the Albayalde kids.

Tomorrow, the proud native of Pampanga will be marking his 55th birthday while busy  leading the PNP’s ongoing campaign against crime and corruption as well as its effort to keep the forthcoming 2019 mid-term elections as honest and as peaceful as possible.

At present, the man known as  ‘Odie or Oca’ to many friends and peers is doing a fine job as PNP Chief. He also has to make quite a few major decisions anew in the next two weeks as he institute major changes in the police force with the retirement of some senior officers.

I heard that the retirement this coming November 20 of PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group head, my good friend Director Roel Obusan will trigger some major changes in the PNP. I was told that Obusan’s most likely replacement would be another member of PMA Class 1986 just like him and Gen. Albayalde, in the person of Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus who is currently the Police Regional Office 3 director in Central Luzon. Corpus, retiring on October 3, 2020 will get his 2nd-star at the CIDG by virtue of its position.

I also learned that the top candidates to replace Corpus at the PRO3 are Chief Supt. Jigs Coronel, a lawyer-member of PMA ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987 and Chief Supt. Bong Orduna of PMA ‘Maringal’ Class of 1988 who is currently the PNP Aviation Security Group director.

Latest word from Camp Crame is that Coronel, a former Manila Police District director and currently the Deputy Regional Director for Administration of the NCRPO appears to have the upperhand in the race for the top Central Luzon police post.

MPD director, Chief Supt. Rolly Anduyan, known as one of the Marawi City siege heroes is also on his way to being replaced at the Manila’s Finest by Senior Supt. Vic Danao Jr., a tough former Davao City Police Office director from PMA Class 1991.

Anduyan, a member of PMA Class 1990 is reportedly set to transfer to the Northern Police District to replace Chief Supt. Greg  Lim, another member of PMA Class 1987 who will be retiring from the service this coming November 17. Congratulations are in order for these officers and gentlemen.