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

Maris Federez   •   January 20, 2020   •   561

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

DILG says cops on ‘narco-list’ who opted to retire early not spared from probe, charges

Robie de Guzman   •   February 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said that cops included in the narco-list who opted to file for optional retirement will not be exonerated from criminal charges if they are found to be involved in the illegal drug trade.

Año made the statement Wednesday after some members of the opposition group slammed reports on the move of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to give the 357 cops included in the narco-list the option to retire early to reduce the cases for adjudication.

PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa earlier said he is open to optional retirement of police officers accused of having drug links to lessen the government resources that will be used when the adjudication begins.

He, however, asserted that the early retirement won’t clear the cops from allegations and that this is not an easy way out.

He added that any officer who initially availed of the early retirement option will be pursued if proven to be involved in the narcotics trade.

Gamboa recently met with most of the 357 cops and explained to them the process of the two-way adjudication to be initiated based on his request to President Rodrigo Duterte.

The process involves adjudication at the regional and directorial level for one week before the cases go to the national level which will handle the cases for three weeks.

Once all the cases are submitted to the Office of the PNP Chief, it will take three days for him to submit the results of the adjudication for approval.

Año said the 357 cops accused of having drug links should present proof to remove their names from the narco-list.

“Patunayan nilang wala silang kaugnayan sa iligal na droga. Nasa kanila ang burden of proof, iprisinta nila ang mga ebidensya na magpapatunay na wala silang kinalaman at kaugnayan sa iligal na droga,” he said.

The DILG chief said the evidence should be presented to four agencies handling illegal drug reports – the PNP, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency and the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“Hanggang hindi nagkakaroon ng pagkakasundo ang apat na ahensyang ito, hangga’t hindi nila sinasabi ng ‘Okay na yan’, magpapatuloy ang imbestigasyon,” he said.

The narco-list is a consolidation of intelligence and other reports from law-enforcement agencies and still needs to be verified and validated. Aside from uniformed personnel, the list also includes local officials and judges as well as other personalities.

Once a complaint is filed, it can be validated within a month, Año said.

He also said that the final clearance will come from the President. 

“Gusto nating maparusahan ang mga may kaugnayan sa iligal na droga” Año said. “I commend PNP Chief Gamboa for having the courage in resolving this issue na matagal ng burden ng PNP. We need to deal with this para makapagtrabaho na nang matino ang ating mga pulis,” he added.

PNP to begin crackdown after receiving list of illegal gambling operators

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 19, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to begin crackdown operations after receiving the list of illegal gambling operators.

PGen. Archie Gamboa said the list is now in the hands of the regional directors and the PNP is already in the process of launching police operations.

Gamboa also said that police commanders will be relieved from office if they fail to accomplish their responsibilities.

“In the next few months, heads will roll if you don’t follow my instruction no-take and you’re not doing anything to stop illegal gambling,” he said.

Last week, the PNP Chief already relieved several local police officials for not curbing illegal gambling in their assigned areas.

They include 10 precinct and station commanders as well as chiefs of police in Metro Manila. —AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Espenido to face probe for speaking out on drug list inclusion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 19, 2020

Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will conduct an investigation on Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido for speaking out on his inclusion in the drug watchlist.

PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa said that he will handle the issue internally.

“Leave it to us. It’s purely an internal issue. I will deal with Espenido squarely as the Chief PNP and he being a member of the PNP,” he said.

Gamboa said that the PNP has a general instruction to over 300 policemen included in the narco list to remain mum on the issue especially when the adjudication process is still ongoing.

Espenido, on Tuesday (February 18), denied his involvement in drugs and said that there was a failure in the intel on the drug watchlist.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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