Oscar Albayalde

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Oscar Albayalde
PNP Oscar D. Albayalde.jpg
Chief of the Philippine National Police
Assumed office
April 19, 2018
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byRonald dela Rosa
Personal details
Oscar David Albayalde

(1963-11-08) November 8, 1963 (age 55)
San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines
Alma materPhilippine Military Academy
Police career
Allegiance Philippines
DepartmentPhilippine National Police
Service years1986–present
RankGeneral Police General

Oscar David Albayalde (born 1963) is a Filipino police officer who is currently serving as the Chief of the Philippine National Police since April 19, 2018.[1] He is known to be a "Dark Horse" for being strict and being an outsider in President Duterte's Inner Circle.

Early life and education[edit]

Albayalde was born on November 8, 1963 in San Fernando, Pampanga, the son of Philippine Air Force retired master sergeant Fidel S. Albayalde and Consolacion David.

He studied at the University of the Assumption in San Fernando, Pampanga for two years, from 1980 to 1982, and then entered the Philippine Military Academy, because of the influence of his father.[2] At the PMA, Albayalde had a Bachelor of Science Degree and graduated Cum Laude on March 22, 1986, after constantly landing in the dean, academic and superintendent’s lists.[3] He is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Sinagtala Class of 1986 and his classmates or "mistah" includes his predecessor, former Bureau of Corrections Director Ronald dela Rosa.[4]

After graduating, he became a member of the elite Special Action Force.

From 1995 to 1996, Albayalde undertook further studies earning him a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Manuel L. Quezon University.


Prior to becoming the director of the NCRPO, Albayalde served as the provincial police chief of Pampanga. However, in 2014, he was sacked from his post following a drug-related operation conducted by cops in the town of Mexico.[5] The case against him was later dismissed.[2]

NCRPO Regional Director[edit]

In July 2016, Albayalde was appointed as the Regional Director of the National Capital Region Police Office. He was known to be a disciplinarian in his commands during his stint,[6] conducting surprise inspections in various police stations in Metro Manila resulting in the dismissal of cops caught sleeping and drinking while on duty.[7] It was during his time that the entire Caloocan City Police Force and its officers were sacked following the deaths of Kian Delos Santos and Carl Angelo Arnaiz.[8][9] He was also instrumental in the preparations for the 2017 ASEAN Summits and was in command of the police response during the 2017 Resorts World Manila attack.[6]

PNP Chief[edit]

Following the retirement of Ronald dela Rosa, Albayalde was appointed Philippine National Police Chief by President Rodrigo Duterte in April 2018. During his stint as PNP commander, he oversaw the early security preparations for the 2019 Philippine general elections as a result of a series of high-profile killings including that of AKO Bicol party-list representative Rodel Batocabe.

He is set to retire on November 8, 2019 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.

Personal life[edit]

He is called "Odie" or "Oca" by his peers.[10] Albayalde is married to Cherrylyn Albayalde, and they have 4 children.[6] His hobbies include skydiving, scuba diving and motorcycle riding.[11]



  1. ^ Peralta-Malonzo, Third Anne (19 April 2018). "Albayalde takes oath as new PNP chief". sunstar.com.ph. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b Caliwan, Christopher Lloyd (November 7, 2018). "PNP chief's birthday wish: 'To serve people better'". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  3. ^ Peralta-Malonzo, Third Anne (April 19, 2018). "Albayalde takes oath as new PNP chief". Sun.Star. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  4. ^ "Police Director Oscar D Albayalde – DWDD". dwdd.com.ph. Archived from the original on 9 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  5. ^ Sapnu, Ric (March 28, 2014). "Pampanga police director sacked". The Philippine Star. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Who is Oscar Albayalde, the next PNP chief?". rappler.com. Archived from the original on 9 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Albayalde fires 3 policemen caught drinking, sleeping in surprise precinct inspection". The Manila Times. February 7, 2018. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  8. ^ Ballaran, Jhoanna. "Entire Caloocan police force ordered relieved—NCRPO". newsinfo.inquirer.net. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  9. ^ News, ABS-CBN. "Caloocan police chief, 2 others sacked". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  10. ^ Dalizon, Alfred P. "Welcome Gen. Oscar Albayalde, 22nd PNP Chief". journal.com.ph. Archived from the original on 9 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  11. ^ Flores, Wilson Lee (September 23, 2018). "PNP Gen. Oscar Albayalde on Duterte, Bato, Ping, human rights & anti-drugs war". The Philippine Star. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  12. ^ https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1128651/albayalde-gets-distinguished-service-medal-marawi-cops-awarded