(Eagle News) – Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde will be stepping down from his office on Oct. 29, 10 days earlier than his scheduled retirement on Nov. 8 when he turns 56.
This is to give way to the earlier turn-over ceremony for the next PNP chief as President Rodrigo Duterte would be attending the Association Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.
“It’s because of the ASEAN summit. I think the President prefers to have the turnover before he leaves,” Albayalde explained.
He said he does not see the earlier turn-over date as a problem.
The ASEAN Summit will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4.
Albayalde insisted the earlier turn-over rites has nothing to do with the ninja cops controversy which is recently hounding him after a Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing that probed the issue.