EDUARDO M. AÑO
We respect the decision of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde to relinquish his position as Chief, PNP and go on non-duty status effective today until his retirement in the wake of the controversy where he has been allegedly implicated. I favorably endorsed his intent to the President on Sunday night which has been accepted.
I commend Albayalde for his selfless act in order to spare the PNP organization of the on-going controversy. This will allow the PNP to move on and continue exercising its mandate of protecting and serving the people. I thank him for his dedicated and distinguished service as head of the PNP.
For the time being, POLICE LIEUTENANT GENERAL ARCHIE F GAMBOA, who is the most senior police officer, is designated as Officer in Charge until the President appoints a permanent Chief, PNP.