Albayalde quits early as PNP Chief

Marje Pelayo   •   October 14, 2019   •   732

PNP chief police general Oscar Albayalde

MANILA, Philippines – Amid the controversy implicating him in the drug recycling scheme involving ninja cops, outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Oscar Albayalde on Monday (October 14) announced his decision to step down from his post.

“After careful thought and deliberation, I have come to the decision to relinquish my post as chief (of the) PNP effective today and go on a non-duty status,” he said in a statement.

“I have submitted my letter of intent to Secretary Año which he accepted and favorably endorsed to the President,” he added.

In the statement, Albayalde said he had a conversation with Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año about the Senate investigation on the ‘agaw bato’ operation that happened in 2013 to which he is being linked as he was the provincial police director of Pampanga during that time.

Albayalde said Año accepted his letter of intent to resign from his post which the DILG Secretary accepted and endorsed to President Rodrigo Duterte.

Albayalde was supposed to retire on his 56th birthday on November 8, 2019 when he reaches the mandatory retirement age.

He said his non-duty status “will pave the way for the appointment of (his) replacement” in the PNP.

With this development, Police Lt. Gen.  Archie Gamboa is expected to take over as the PNP’s officer in charge. – MNP (with details from April Cenedoza)

PNP Chief’s chopper crashes in Laguna

Marje Pelayo   •   March 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Archie Gamboa was among those injured in a helicopter crash in San Pedro, Laguna on Thursday (March 5).

The PNP Chief and seven others were rushed to the nearest hospital by the responding Highway Patrol Group (HPG) personnel and medical teams, according to HPG Chief PCol. Wilson Doromal.

In an update on the PNP’s official Twitter account, the PNP Chief was brought to West Lake Hospital in Pacita Complex while the rest were brought to South Woods Hospital in Laguna.

Based on initial reports, the eight passengers include Gamboa accompanied by PNP comptrollership chief MGen. Victor Ramos; PNP intelligence director MGen. Mariel Magaway; PNP Spokesperson BGen. Bernard Banac; pilot PLt.Col. Ruel Zalatar and co-pilot PLt.Col. Rico Macawili; Gamboa’s Aide de Camp PCapt. Gayrama and a helicopter crew PSMS. Louie Estona.

Doromal in an interview said the chopper crashed just after it took off.

“Iyong field na helipad namin medyo pag-flight niya, nag-zero visibility. Iyong chopper talagang sobrang alikabok, tumama po sa wires, (There was zero zero visibility in the field of our helipad due to dust when it took off. The blades got caught in the power cable),” Doromal said.

“Iyon ang reason kaya bumagsak ang ating chopper (That’s the reason why the chopper crashed),” he added.

Gamboa was in Laguna for the turnover of the impounded vehicles at HPG’s Laperal Compound in Laguna. MNP / Lea Ylagan (This is a developing story)

Gamboa officially assumes PNP chief post; to implement reshuffling in PNP

Maris Federez   •   January 20, 2020

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the Oath Taking and Donning of Ranks Ceremony of Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa in Sto. Tomas, Batangas (Philippine National Police)

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has formally appointed the Philippine National Police (PNP) leadership to PGen. Archie Gamboa.

As the 23rd chief of the national police force, Gamboa said he will still prioritize the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs and the internal cleansing of the PNP.

“These are two programs which I started when I was still the oversight committee chairman. When I was deputy chief for operations and then when I assumed as OIC and now as chief PNP, this will be my priority,” Gamboa said.

He also said he will put a stop on the kidnapping of Chinese nationals being carried out by their fellow citizens.

“We will be establishing probably Chinese desk and cross training of the language and culture so that mas maintindihan natin, why they are doing this and how they are going to do it,” he added.

Gamboa also said he will be reshuffling the officials in the police force as evaluation of their performance is being conducted.

“Ito namang evaluation na ito, it did not just come from thin air. Alam na ito ng lahat na dapat na na-evaluate since October […] just our January 7 command conference, it was also publicly announced on the ratings of the different commanders in the field,” Gamboa said.

One of the vacant positions in the organization is the Chief Directorial Staff, the 4th highest position, which was formerly held by PLtGen. Guillermo Eleazar.

Following Gamboa’s appointment as the new PNP Chief, Eleazar elevated as the Number 3 of the PNP or the Deputy Chief for Operations.

PLtGen. Camilo Cascolan, on the other hand, became the number 2 man of the PNP as the Deputy Chief for Administration.

Gamboa was appointed as the officer in charge of the PNP on October 14, 2019, after the early retirement of former PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde due to his alleged involvement on the Ninja Cops issue.

Like his predecessors former chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and Albalyalde, Gamboa was also a member of PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986.

Gamboa is set to retire on September 2, when he reaches the PNP mandatory age of retirement of 56. — (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

Duterte wants ‘honest cop’ for next PNP chief

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 2, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants an honest cop to lead the Philippine National Police (PNP), according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

Duterte had previously said they conducted thorough background checks on the candidates for the next PNP official.

On Monday (December 2), Panelo said the president wants a better “deal” for the position.

“What he is saying is that he wants an honest cop, he doesn’t want any cop that has been charged with any irregularity, any infraction whether administrative or criminal,” he said.

The Palace official also reiterated Duterte’s statements that he will take over the PNP chief post.

READ: No PNP Chief yet? Duterte threatens to take over

“He said if he cannot choose then he will just take over temporarily as the head,” Panelo said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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