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Albayalde says cops were just doing their job when they arrested Yasay

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By Martin Sadongdong

General Oscar Albayalde, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, clarified on Friday that there was nothing political when policemen arrested former Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr.

PNP CHIEF DIR GEN. Oscar Albayalde, speaks during a press conferecne about the recently concluded Barangay and SK Election 2018, at the PNP National Election Monitoring Center (NEMAC) at Camp Crame in Quezon City, May 15 2018. According to the PNP, the election is generally peaceful. (Mark Balmores)

Police General Oscar Albayalde, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief
(Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“Well, that’s part of our duty. He has a standing warrant of arrest and I think his case is bailable so we can do nothing about it because that’s the order of the court – that he be arrested,” Albayalde said in an event at the Special Action Force (SAF) headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

Albayalde maintained that the police organization will remain apolitical, and firm in its duty to implement the law without fear or favor.

“We have nothing to do with the case and what we know is that there’s an order from the court. If we refuse to follow the court order, we are the ones who will be charged accordingly by the court,” Albayalde said.

Yasay was arrested by the police on Thursday at his house in Makati City by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 10.

READ MORE: Yasay arrested over violation of banking laws

The arrest warrant was due to his alleged violation of the Republic Act 8791 or the General Banking Law and the Republic Act 7653 or the New Central Bank Act.

Yasay along with five other associates allegedly conspired to secure a Banco Filipino loan worth P350 million but failed to report it to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

He was rushed to the hospital after his blood pressure reportedly shot up.

READ MORE: Yasay rushed to hospital after arrest

He posted a P240,000-bail on Friday for his temporary liberty but remained in the hospital for further medical tests.

“After posting bail, I now enjoy the status of a provisional free man. Now the fight for justice and to prove my innocence begins,” Yasay said in a Facebook post.

READ MORE: Yasay posts P240,000-bail, but remains in hospital for more tests

He served as a foreign affairs secretary from 2016 to 2017.

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