“We assure full support to the nextPNP chief. Our President has yet to pick from three recommendees who are allqualified,” Malong said. PNP’s Director GeneralOscar Albayalde stepped down on Oct. 14. “This will allow the PNP to move onand continue exercising its mandate of protecting and serving the people,” saidAño./PN “I’d like to tell the entire PNP:let’s do our job and let not controversies affect us,” said Gamboa. Albayalde stepped down amidthe “ninja cop” controversy – policemen recycling shabu confiscated from drugpersonalities. During Monday’s flag-raising ceremonyin Camp Crame, Albayalde said, “After careful thought and deliberation, I havecome to the decision to relinquish my post as Chief, PNP and go on a non-dutystatus. Albayalde, who is set to retire onNov. 8, was the Pampanga provincial police director when 13 of his men wereinvolved in an anti-illegal drug operation in November 2013 which was found tobe irregular. Malong said Albayalde’s decisionshould be respected. Malong said the men and women of thePRO-6 would heed advisories from the higher command. For his part, Gamboa vowed to continuethe programs that Albayalde started. ILOILO City – Whoever will be the nextchief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has the support of the PoliceRegional Office 6 (PRO-6), according to spokesperson Police Lieutenant ColonelJoem Malong. Interior and Local Governmentsecretary Eduardo Año commended Albayalde for his “selfless act in order tospare the PNP organization of the on-going controversy.” The current PNP officer in charge isLieutenant General Archie Gamboa, the PNP deputy chief for administration.