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Duterte’s drug chief who oversaw killings resigns after 13 of his officers exposed as dealers

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Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war chief who oversaw the extra-judicial killing of thousands resigns after 13 of his officers were exposed as dealers

  • General Oscar Albayalde stepped down last Monday amid drug allegations
  • Today a criminal complaint was filed against him and 13 of his officers
  • It relates to a large methamphetamine haul in 2013 which police ‘sold off’

The Philippines’ top policeman who led the nation’s deadly drugs crackdown is now facing charges related to the selling of confiscated narcotics, a week after he resigned from the post.

General Oscar Albayalde stepped down last Monday amid allegations he was protecting police officers involved in trading illegal drugs.

During his time in the role, Albayalde led President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs which has resulted in the deaths of thousands in controversial circumstances.

General Oscar Albayalde stepped down last Monday amid allegations he was protecting police officers involved in trading illegal drugs

General Oscar Albayalde stepped down last Monday amid allegations he was protecting police officers involved in trading illegal drugs

Duterte’s signature anti-narcotics campaign is key to his massive popularity among Filipinos.

As part of his internationally condemned initiative, police have killed thousands of alleged dealers and users since mid-2016, but critics say the wealthy and powerful have been largely untouched. 

Albayalde has denied the charges that he helped officers who were trading the confiscated drugs.

He said he welcomed the investigation so he could be given ‘due process’ into the 2013 incident.

Critics say this is what many of the victims of the drug killings were never afforded by Duterte’s regime. 

The police complaint stemmed from Albayalde’s role as commander of police unit near Manila in 2013 where officers under his supervision allegedly seized and sold a huge haul of narcotics and received bribes to release a drug suspect.

He was accused by a former police official of intervening to protect his officers from sanctions. 

Albayalde led President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs which has resulted in the deaths of thousands in controversial circumstances

Albayalde led President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs which has resulted in the deaths of thousands in controversial circumstances

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Another retired official alleged Albayalde received money from the drug sale.

Criminal charges against the officers allegedly involved in the matter were dismissed in 2017. However, prosecutors have now re-opened the case and summoned the men for questioning.

A Senate inquiry this month recommended that Albayalde and 13 officers under his command face various charges related to the incident.

The criminal complaint was filed today by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).

The Department of Justice will now decide whether to prosecute the 14.

This comes as the national police announced Monday it has dismissed three Philippine National Police (PNP) officers involved in another controversial drug raid this year.

‘We admit that the recent controversy involving the PNP has shaken the institution at its core,’ acting police chief Archie Gamboa said in a statement.

He announced changes to key leadership positions and put promotions on hold.

‘Each one will strictly be held accountable for what his or her unit does or fails to do,’ he said.

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