MANILA, Philippines - The country will have its new Philippines National Police chief even as the PNP organization's image was tarnished with the "ninja cops controversay" in 2019, that toppled down the active leadership of former PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in a speech in Davao City yesterday has named Lt. General Archie Gamboa as the incoming PNP chief, saying that Gamboa has shown his sincerity as officer-in-charge (OIC) of the PNP organization during his tenure for the past three months.
Duterte said he would finally give Gamboa the PNP's top post but added he needs to talk first with Gamboa and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año.
“I’m going to appoint you as the regular PNP. But you and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and I, will have a long, long talk first,” the president said in his speech last night in Davao City.
“Pinakita mo sa akin ang sincerity mo and I’d like you to leave something that you will be remembered by the country,” the president said during a gathering in Davao.
Duterte asked apologies for living early during his speech as he is also scheduled to meet with the incoming PNP chief.
“I am promoting him as PNP chief. Mag-usap pa kaming tatlo ni General Año kung paano niya dalhin ang trabaho niya. I want to talk to him para walang palpak. Ayaw kong palpak na naman,” Duterte said.
Gamboa took his oath as the new OIC of the PNP after Gen Oscar Albayalde was in trouble for his alleged involvement in "ninja cops controversy" during a drug raid that took place in Pampanga sometime in 2013.
Gamboa, being the next in line as the PNP's deputy chief for administration, the second highest position in the PNP organization in the country.
He was a member of Sinagtala Class of 1986 in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and also a classmate of Gen Albayalde in their PMA days.
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