NEW Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday was sworn in by President Duterte as the 22nd PNP chief, and vowed to further pursue the 190,000-strong police force’s crackdown against drugs, criminality and corruption.
Albayalde replaced his classmate from Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa who has been named by President Duterte as the new Bureau of Corrections director.
Before assuming the top PNP post, Albayalde, served with distinction as Regional Director of the National Capital Region Police Office where he initiated aggressive police operations against criminality and illegal drugs since July 2016.
Upon his assumption as Chief PNP, Albayalde announced his flagship program of organizational discipline and internal cleansing to gain the trust and respect of the people.
He said the thrusts of the PNP on his watch shall be the scaled-up thrusts of the NCRPO, focusing on discipline, reform, internal cleansing, intensified campaign against criminality and illegal drugs, crime prevention and suppression; and strengthened public engagement.
To dramatize his internal reform agenda, he said “we shall impose and breathe discipline 24/7and implement reforms in all levels of the PNP.”
As an initial step to instil discipline among PNP members, He ordered all police recruits and newly commissioned police officers to undergo rigid mandatory training with the PNP Special Action Force before they are deployed to different units.
“Ipapatupad natin ang mga pagsasanay na tututok sa paghubog ng disiplina sa bawat pulis,” he said in his inaugural address.
Citing the gains of the national anti-illegal drugs campaign launched by the PNP under his predecessor, Albayalde vowed to “carry on the programs of the previous PNP leadership particularly Oplan Double Barrel, because continuity is important to maintain the momentum of our accomplishments and gains.”
“To the President, Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Sir, I am truly humbled by your trust and faith in me. On this new task that you have entrusted me I commit that under my watch, the PNP will work side by side with you to help fulfill your promise of genuine change for the Filipino people, and of a more disciplined and better police force. I stand before you today as a willing and able enforcer of discipline and reform in the PNP. This is my commitment to you Mr. President and to the Filipino people,” he said.
Albayalde vowed to pursue what dela Rosa has started. “I may not be able to fill your big shoes but I can assure you that I will do my best to carry on your advocacies; to fulfill the promise of the Philippine National Police of bringing peace to the country shaping a better future for the generations to come,” he said.