Senator Antonio Trillanes can’t expect any of the 190,000 members of the police force as exclaimed by Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde.
In response to President Duterte’s claim that some members of the military is expressing their urges to side with Trillanes, Albayalde said in a press briefing at Camp Crame that the PNP are united and are standing behind the president.
“Wala. I have repeatedly said that over and over again zero sa amin ‘yan sa PNP. Wala tayong namo-monitor kahit na little support, in any way, dito kay Senator Trillanes,” said Albayalde.
In terms of loyalty, the PNP, in nature, is mandated by its ethical doctrine to remain apolitical, non-partisan and professional. However, Albayalde is confident that he doesn’t need to do a loyalty check on his people.
“Hindi na namin sila kailangan i-remind. We don’t even need to have a loyalty check in our ranks,” he said.
He also added that he sees nothing wrong about expressing his support for the Duterte administration because they are also backed by the president.
“We pledge support to the present administration. Wala naman tayong nakikitang masamang ginagawa, na labag sa konstitusyon. So bakit tayo kokontra?” he added.
Free to choose
In the recently concluded nation address that Duterte did with interviewer Panelo, he said that he know that the AFP thinks that he is not competent.
He reminded them that they are free to choose the sides they want to be in.
“If the AFP thinks I am not competent, that I am not qualified to be sitting here, I discussed this with them in a command conference — bahala kayo.”
“You are free to do that. As a matter of fact, I am encouraging you to do that para tapos na.”
Source: Manila Bulletin