PNP chief Gamboa says he’s okay, will return to work on Monday after chopper crash

Robie de Guzman   •   March 6, 2020   •   351

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MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Archie Gamboa assured the public he is okay after surviving a chopper crash in Laguna.

In a video message released by the PNP, Gamboa said he wasn’t seriously injured in the crash and that he will return to work on Monday.

“Sa ating mga kababayan at lalo na sa ating mga kapulisan, ako eh lumabas ngayon dito para ipakita sa inyo na okay ako, na hindi naman ako nasaktan. As a matter of fact, I’m going back to office on Monday,” the PNP chief said.

The top cop, who appeared in the recorded video with a cast on his right arm and lying on a hospital bed, also appealed to the public to pray for police officials who are still in hospital and to refrain from sharing online any more photos of the accident.

“Tulungan niyo na lang kami na ipagdasal ‘yung mga nasa ospital pa,” he said.

Gamboa and seven others police top officials were injured after the Bell 429 chopper they were riding in crashed shortly after take-off in San Pedro, Laguna. They were in Laguna to inspect the vehicle impounding compound of the Highway Patrol Group.

Gamboa was with Directorate for Comptrollership Major General Jovic Ramos, Directorate for Intelligence Major General Mariel Magaway, and PNP Spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac. Two pilots, Gamboa’s aide, and a technician were also on board the helicopter.

The top cop, Banac and four others only sustained minor injuries from the crash, but generals Ramos and Magaway are both in critical conditions.

“’Wag natin kalimutan na ng pagpunta ko doon sa kung saan nilagay yung mga sasakyan ay may rason at kasama talaga ýon sa aking biyahe papuntang Calabarzon, again, to give warning to everyone that no matter what the Philippine National Police will always enforce the law, no matter what it takes,” Gamboa said.

In a separate press briefing, Police Major General Benigno Durana, Director for Police Community Relations, said Gamboa and six others are now recuperating from their injuries at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig.

The PNP chief is also planning to visit Magaway and Ramos who are being treated in separate hospitals in Biñan, Laguna.

“Para matingnan personally ang kanilang kalagayan but he was dissuaded by the doctors kasi he needs to rest also for the next 48 hours. Under observation pa rin po sila although all medical procedures, examination and test ay napagdaanan na po nila,” Durana said.

Gamboa has also designated Brigadier Generals Jesus Cambay Jr. and Ronnie Olay to temporarily assume the tasks of Magaway and Ramos.

“He (Gamboa) is in high spirits but again ang concern nya po ay ang total recovery ng pito nyang kasamahan,” Durana said.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año earlier said that Police General Camilo Cascolan, Deputy Chief for Administration, will serve as PNP’s officer-in-charge until Gamboa returns to full duty status.

Año also assured an investigation is being launched into the chopper crash to prevent any similar incidents in the future.

PNP Deputy Chief for Operation Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar has been tasked to lead the probe into the crash.

The PNP has ordered the temporary grounding of its entire fleet of rotary-wing aircraft pending the result of the investigation.

PNP mulls reopening of Custodial Center to visitors amid COVID-19 crisis

Robie de Guzman   •   May 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it will assess whether its Custodial Center can be reopened to visitors amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

PNP chief Police General Archie Gamboa said they need to thoroughly study the possibility of reopening the facility because of its proximity to quarantine facilities housing police personnel infected with COVID-19 and the PNP RT-PCR test laboratory.

At present, the visitation of inmates at the PNP Custodial Center is prohibited in compliance with the safety and health protocols set by the government amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gamboa said they are only following the measure implemented by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in the detention facilities in the country.

“Standard naman ‘yung sinusunod natin, together with the BuCor and BJMP. We need to reassess whether to open up sa visitors yung Custodial Center,” he said.

Gamboa’s statement comes after opposition senators questioned the PNP’s move to bar Senator Leila de Lima from accepting visitors and holding physical meetings with anyone.

The PNP chief, however, assured that De Lima is allowed to make phone calls. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Helpline para sa mga katanungan hinggil sa COVID-19 community quarantine, inilunsad ng PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   May 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Inilunsad ng Philippine National Police (PNP) ngayong Miyerkules, Mayo 27 ang Helpline 16677, isang public hotline para sa anumang katanungan o isyu hinggil sa ipinatutupad na community quarantine sa gitna ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

Ayon kay PNP chief Police General Francisco Gamboa, layon ng proyekto na matiyak ang agarang pagtugon ng pulisya sa anumang reklamo o katanungan na hinggil sa mga panuntunan sa enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) at general community quarantine (GCQ).

“We want a quick response system that will immediately address and respond to the public’s concerns in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The timely release of information and assistance is urgently needed by our people and the PNP’s helpline will provide just that,” ani Gamboa sa isang pahayag sa media.

Ang PNP Directorate for Operations-PNP Command Center ang magsisilbing communication hub para sa lahat ng ECQ at GCQ concerns. Bukod pa ito sa ginagawa nilang monitoring ng police operations at pag-uulat hinggil sa law enforcement activities ng PNP.

Ayon kay Gamboa, inilunsad ang proyekto sa pakikipag-tulungan ng PLDT Inc. na nagbigay ng 52 units ng mobile phones, 30 units ng pocket Wi-Fi, mga prepaid cards at ilang SMS Messaging suite.

Pagtitiyak ng PNP chief, bukas 24/7 ang PNP Helpline 16677 sa publiko. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

5 arrested, P40-M worth of suspected shabu seized in Bohol drug ops – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   May 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Six kilograms of suspected shabu (crystal meth), worth P40 million, were seized during two separate illegal drug operations in Bohol province on Monday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday.

A report from Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius Ferro, chief of Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7), said that a buy-bust operation was launched on Monday afternoon in Talibon town which yielded the arrest of drug suspect, Jaime Dajao, 44.

Arresting officers confiscated from Dajao four kilograms of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of P27 million.

In a follow-up operation conducted in Tagbilaran City, police arrested four drug suspects, identified as Lelit Dajao Sinugbojan, 44; Chellomao Pescura Curayag, 33; Junalyn Abelgas Matura, 32; and Humprey Millana Cenabre, 34.

Two kilograms of suspected shabu, worth P13 million, were seized from the suspects, as well as the buy-bust money.

PNP chief Police General Archie Gamboa assured that intensified anti-illegal drug operations will continue despite the police’s task in the government’s COVID-19 response.

“Even with the ongoing health crisis, police anti-illegal drugs operations will continue without let-up and will be unrelenting as ever,” Gamboa said.

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