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Mayor Magalong denies asking Albayalde for favors

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Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong on October 2 denied he asked Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde for a favor between 2006 and 2010.

Albayalde said he granted Magalong’s supposed request because the Baguio politiko was his senior.

Magalong has accused Albayalde of intervening in the dismissal of 13 “ninja” cops.

“I cannot recall any incident na manghingi ng tulong sa kanya,” he said.

“I cannot recall, pasensya na, ‘di ko maisip eh. Bakit ako tatawag sa kanya?” Magalong added.

But Magalong said that he was placed on floating status during that time.

The Baguio mayor was charged with rebellion in 2006 for allegedly plotting a coup against former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“I cannot recall asking any favor na tulungan mo ako para makabalik, eh alam ko naman nun during that time the administration is against me. So bakit naman ako hihingi ng tulong?” he asked.

“But nevertheless, for the sake of argument, we should be focusing on the issue and not on the other issue,” Magalong said.

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