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Albayalde seeks advice from ex-PNP chief Lacson, here’s what the senator said

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Senator Panfilo Lacson threw his support behind newly-installed Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde.

In a radio interview Sunday, Lacson said he is confident that Albayalde will be a great leader of the police force given his determination to instill discipline among policemen.

“Mukhang maganda yung direksyon na gustong tutukan ni Director General Albayalde. Mukhang talagang determinado siya na unahin yung disiplina,” he said.

“Nakita ko lang sa kanya yung determination na talagang unahin ang internal cleansing, at yun talaga ang kanyang tinatahak na direksyon,” he added.

Lacson, a former PNP chief as well, revealed that Albayalde came to him to ask for advice on how to improve the PNP.

“Sabi niya, ‘Sir, paano ba ang effective way na talagang madisiplina ang mga pulis?’ Nakita ko na parang ‘yun talaga yung nasa unahan ng agenda niya,” the politiko recalled.

He told Albayalde to work closely with the PNP’s counter-intelligence group to maintain peace and order and strengthen fight against illegal drugs.

“So ang naibahagi ko lang sa kanya, palakasin mo yung iyong counter-intelligence group,” he said.

“Sabi ko kumusta na ba kayo ni Chiquito Malayo, yung head ng Counter-Intelligence Task Force ng PNP. Sabi niya, okay naman kami sir. Sabi ko, palakasin mo yun, at itong SAF, pwede mong gamitin ito na pinaka-muscle mo,” he added.

Albayalde assumed the PNP post last Thursday replacing Ronald Dela Rosa who had reached his retirement age of 56 and was appointed to head the Bureau of Corrections.