Albayalde wants nationwide surprise inspections on police stations

MANILA, Philippines – New Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director  Oscar Albayalde said on Thursday, April 19, that he expects police commanders nationwide to go on surprise inspections in their areas, just as he had done when he was Metro Manila police chief.

"I will not demand of you what I cannot demand of myself," Albayalde said in his inaugural speech in Camp Crame.

Albayalde used to go on his motorbike to conduct late-night surprise inspections on police stations in Metro Manila to keep his men on their feet. He sacked snoozing or slacking cops on the spot. (READ: Incoming PNP chief Oscar Albayalde aims to discipline police force)

"As much as I enjoy conducting surprise inspections, I may not be able to reach all of our 2,766 police stations nationwide. So I expect our provincial commanders and city directors to conduct these surprise inspections to regularly assess the operational readiness of our forces on the ground," he said in his speech.

Why the surprised inspections? Albayalde once said it was "expected" of regional directors and police commanders.

The new PNP chief also said in his speech that he would continue the "low-key but stern kind of leadership" he has been known for, in leading the PNP. –

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.