President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday appointed Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa the new head of the Philippine National Police, who served as officer-in-charge of the organization for more than two months.
The President made the announcement in his speech in Davao City, saying Gamboa had shown his sincerity to take the helm of the 40,000-strong police force that is at the forefront of his administration’s anti-narcotics campaign.
“We have the PNP chief. I'm going to appoint you as the regular PNP but you and Secretary [Eduardo] Año and I will have a long, long talk first. You have shown me your sincerity,” Duterte said.
Gamboa was assigned acting PNP chief after retired Gen. Oscar Albayalde relinquished his post last Oct. 14 over a drug scandal, earlier than his mandatory retirement on Nov. 8 last year.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government has recommended him as a possible successor of Albayalde, along with Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan and Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, but Duterte has expressed doubts on appointing either.
Duterte even gave Año the “blanket authority” to get rid of corruption in the PNP, saying he is not keen on appointing a new top cop that would come from the organization since that person would not solve the irregularities that have been bogging the institution for so long.
“I have given Secretary Año the blanket authority to get rid of corruption. And it is on his shoulder the future of how the police would behave in the coming years. It’s on him,” Duterte said.
“I said, if I appoint one from them, from their ranks, he would not be able to solve the problem,” he added.
Gamboa belongs to the Philippine Military Academy “Sinagtala” Class of 1986.