DILG official: Duterte “devastated” over ninja cops controversy

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte was “devastated” over the ninja cops controversy, a Department of the Interior and Local Government official said on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Interior Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya made the revelation in an interview over ANC, as he stressed the importance of a new Philippine National Police chief who “would bring back the morale of the organization, bring back the public trust, and the President’s trust.”

Malaya made the statement days after Oscar Albayalde stepped down over allegations he intervened in the cases filed against 13 policemen behind an irregular drug raid in Mexico, Pampanga in 2013.

He was supposed to retire on Nov. 8.

Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa was appointed PNP officer-in-charge following Albayalde’s resignation.

“We  need an individual who can bridge the gap from where we are right now to what we want to be,” Malaya said.