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Philippine Police Recommend Criminal Charges against Ex-Chief


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Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:34 GMT

The Philippine Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) filed a criminal complaint against their own former chief, General Oscar Albayalde, on Monday, October 21st. The CIDG recommended criminal graft and drug charges be made against its former chief over a new scandal that has drawn much attention to President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-narcotics crackdown, according to AFP.

The Philippines police face allegations that some officers and members of the police force are involved in the illegal drug trade and that they are being protected by former chief, Oscar Albayalde. The controversy is the latest to engulf the Philippines police force, which is waging a war on drugs initiated by President Duterte in 2016, a war which official figures say has led to the death of 5,500 drug suspects, but human rights groups estimate the number to be at least 20,000.

Allegations of police abuse and graft are not new in the Philippines, with the President ordering police on several occasions to stop its anti-narcotics campaign in view of the allegations of corruption and murder by officers. This time the latest allegation has gone right to the top of the force.

Albayalde, stepped down from his position as National Police Chief on October 14th.

He was due to retire on November 8th. He has denied the accusations and President Duterte has promised him due process of law in the investigation, according to AP.