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Final nail on Albayalde’s coffin

October 12, 2019

RAMON T. TULFO

ANOTHER retired police general who testified at the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing last Wednesday has driven the last nail on the coffin of Oscar Albayalde.

Retired Brig. Gen. Rody Lacadin, who investigated the policemen involved in the drug raid in Pampanga six years ago when a large portion of the P640 million worth of seized crystal meth (shabu) was sold in the market, said the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief had called him to intercede for his former subordinates.

Albayalde was the Pampanga police director when the raid took place, and the policemen involved were under him.

Lacadin said Albayalde, who had been relieved as Pampanga director following the incident, called him and asked whether he was investigating the cops involved.

During their phone conversation, Albayalde reportedly admitted to Lacadin that he had received part of the proceeds from the shabu sold.

“Actually, sir, kaunti lang naman ang napunta sa akin (I only got a small share),” the then-Senior Supt. Albayalde was quoted by Lacadin as saying.

As an aside, why would the Big Boss, who is the mastermind, get only a small amount from his men?

Baligtad na ang mundo (The world has been turned upside down): The mastermind always gets the lion’s share of the loot.

Lacadin looked and sounded spontaneous when he made that revelation at the Senate hearing.

Albayalde, of course, has denied Lacadin’s allegations.

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Lacadin has to answer why he didn’t press charges against Albayalde after the latter admitted to having received a small amount from the proceeds of the “recycled” shabu.

It’s obvious that Lacadin was part of the cover-up of the mess.

What was Lacadin’s recommendation to higher-ups on the results of his investigation?

Why were those “ninja cops” — policemen who sell the illegal drugs that they have confiscated — not charged in court and were only demoted?

The 13 policemen — let’s now call them “Albayalde’s 13 ninjas” — were just reassigned to Mindanao, but one of them was even given a juicy assignment, as chief of police of Tagaytay City.

Why, oh why?

Had Lacadin come out earlier — that is, after that fateful phone conversation — Albayalde would not have been appointed PNP chief.

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The Albayalde affair reeks of a massive cover-up.

Lacadin, a graduate of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), probably reported his conversations with Albayalde to his superiors who are fellow alumni of Albayalde at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

Lacadin’s strong recommendation was most probably watered down to cover up the misbehavior of a fellow PMAyer.

Closing ranks, that’s the military term for comrades-in-arms coming to the aid of a beleaguered “mistah.”

The public has been witness to this kind of misplaced loyalty before.

When my brother Erwin got into a tiff with Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista, the latter’s fellow PMAyers closed ranks and ganged up on Erwin.

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When then-PNP chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa retired from the service, he recommended Albayalde as his replacement.

President Digong didn’t know Albayalde’s background, merely relying on the word of his trusted man Bato.

If Bato, a PMA graduate himself, was respected by his subordinates, he would have been told about Albayalde’s dark past.

But Bato was not informed, and so he recommended Albayalde as his successor to the Commander-in-Chief.

And so that’s how the cookie crumbles.

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At the rate that Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso, aka Isko Moreno, is clearing up the streets and every nook and cranny of obstruction, the capital may soon regain its old glory.

Before World War 2, Manila was known as the “Pearl of the Orient” because of its manicured streets, the regal walls of Intramuros and the famed Manila Bay sunset.

Isko Moreno, a former actor, wants to reclaim the city’s beauty, one agonizing step after another.

He’s succeeded in driving the vendors out of the sidewalks and even in the middle of the streets.

He’s disallowed cargo trucks to be parked in the city’s side streets, resulting in the smooth flow of traffic in major thoroughfares.

Upon Domagoso/Moreno’s invitation, many big companies are planning to set up their businesses in the capital city.

Moreno has encouraged big investors to continue reclaiming lands off Manila Bay that will soon add more space to the city.

One such investor is the Kho Group of China, which is reclaiming 407 hectares of land off Tondo that will soon be the site of shopping malls and residential condominiums.

Other investors are also reclaiming land from the sea off the bay in the southern portion of the city.

When the new cities will rise from reclaimed land from the Manila Bay, the capital will catch up in progress with its cosmopolitan neighbors Makati, Taguig, Pasay and Pasig.

What Moreno is doing to reclaim the title of Pearl of the Orient has not gone unnoticed in other parts of the country.

Even Filipinos abroad are talking about Moreno’s cleaning up the Augean stable that is Manila.

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