NEWLY-INSTALLED Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde, last Friday ordered a much-tougher conduct of counter-intelligence operations to weed out misfits and scalawags in the police force vowing to spare no one on their internal cleansing program.
To do it, he will strengthen the capabilities of the PNP Counter-Intelligence Task Force. He has ordered all other PNP counter-intelligence divisions including that of the PNP Intelligence Group to join the campaign.
“We have to strengthen all our counter-intelligence operations and adjudicate those already in our watch list,” the official who is one of the top graduates of Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 said.
Albayalde said that when he was still the National Capital Region Police Office chief, they are monitoring 79 rogues whose names are in their watch list. He said there is a need to further validate and counter-validate the names of all policemen who are in the watch list of the PNP Directorate for Intelligence as well as other regional offices and national support units.
“We have to train more personnel that will be doing counter-intelligence operations. Thru the years napabayaan na kasi ito,” he said.
Albayalde said the counter-intelligence information coming from these personnel down the line will be the one to be validated by the higher headquarters.
Albayalde was sworn in by President Duterte as the 22nd PNP chief vice newly-retired Gen. Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa. In his inaugural speech, Albayalde vowed to launch a much tougher program to ensure strict discipline within the police ranks and conduct a no-nonsense internal cleansing program.
“Almost simultaneous with my assumption to the office yesterday, I designated Police Director Camilo Pancratius Cascolan to replace the post that I vacated as Regional Director of NCRPO,” Albayalde said.
This reassignment triggered movements and vacancies in other key positions that need to be filled to ensure continuity of operations. Thus, a minor reorganization had to be implemented with the designation of Chief Superintendent Mao Aplasca to the Directorate for Operations, Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar to PRO4, Chief Supt. Joselito Esquivel to QCPD and other subsequent movements in, initially, in some National Support Units, and NCR Police Districts, he explained.
“More movements are forthcoming in anticipation of the retirement next week of the Director for Personnel and Records Management, Police Director Rene Aspera,” he said.
“I would like to point out that under my leadership, promotion and placement of officers shall be solely based on seniority, merit and competence. The Senior Officers Placement and Promotion Board, complemented by an oversight committee, will ensure keen observance to my policy of placing the right person for the job, according to institutional standards set by the organization.