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No need of loyalty check, says PNP chief Abayalde

Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde has shut down claims that there are disgruntled police personnel due to the revocation of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s amnesty.

“Our loyalty to the Constitution is always strong, and our loyalty to the Filipino people is always strong. That would not change,” Albayalde said.

“I can assure the public that there is no need of loyalty checks in our ranks, in the Philippine National Police. We do not have a reason to conduct a loyalty check,” he added.

Albayalde’s statement came following Trillanes pronouncement that some disgruntled military and police officers are not happy with how President Rodrigo Duterte voided the amnesty granted to him.

For Albayalde, there are no reports of recruitment or any police movements supporting any political activities.

“We have no information on any police personnel being influenced by the events in the Senate. It (restlessness) is uncommon in the police force,” the PNP chief said.

“Ever since, our policy has been to be apolitical, even during the upcoming election season, we can never intervene in politics,” he added.

He also said that police officers or officials caught meddling in politics would also be fired, just as Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez told the soldiers. (davaotoday.com)

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