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)
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Archie Gamboa on Wednesday said he has ordered the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) to conduct an investigation into the alleged birthday party of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Major General Debold Sinas.
In a statement, Gamboa said the probe will cover the circumstances surrounding the alleged violation of quarantine protocols during the surprise birthday celebration held for Sinas.
He said the chief of the IAS has been instructed to send a team to the NCRPO to initiate a formal inquiry into the incident.
“The PNP is not exempt from strict rules on mass gathering, and I am directing all unit commanders to prohibit any and all social gatherings,” Gamboa said.
In a message sent to UNTV, Sinas denied he held a party for his birthday.
“Wala po ako birthday party at wala dito mass gathering,” his message read.
He also clarified that the photos earlier posted on social media showing him receiving roses, cake and sharing a meal with his colleagues was a surprise mañanita organized by his personnel.
He stressed that the event followed health protocols after it drew flak as social distancing was allegedly not observed during the mañanita.
“Iyong dumalaw na nagmañanita sa akin ay kaunti lang na nag social distancing pa sila, and packed meals po ibinigay ko sa kanila,” he said.
The NCRPO chief added that he opted to distribute food packs and lechon he received as gifts to regional mobile force battalion (RMFB) stationed in every district so they won’t have to visit him at his police quarters.
“Marami ako ibinigay na packed meals sa mga kasama namin dito sa Camp Bicutan para hindi na pumunta sa quarters ko. Iyong mga lechon na pagkain na ibinigay sa akin ay binigay ko rin sa bawat districts ng RMFBs para hindi na sila magpunta and stand by sa Camp Bicutan,” he said.
Gamboa earlier defended Sinas, saying he does not see any violation that the NCRPO chief committed.
He also shared that Sinas had assured him that physical distancing was observed but he will look into any violation related to the event.
“I will look into it. I still trust pa rin naman Gen. Sinas. Alam naman natin napakahirap no’ng trabaho niya sa NCRPO but nevertheless it is not an excuse for him not to follow simple health protocols,” he said.
Interior and Local Government Secretary, meanwhile, said that as a police official, Sinas should serve as an example in following health protocols amid the COVID-19 crisis.
“Ito yung tinatawag nating delicadeza. May pagkakataon na kailangan maging example ka,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
The new Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa eyes a ‘no-take policy’ among the PNP personnel.
As the new PNP chief, Gamboa said he will not tolerate erring policemen, such as those accepting bribes and engaging in illegal drugs. He said he will also heighten internal cleansing among the police ranks.
“I stand before you today not just the ‘chief’ but a father who will stand and support you till the end if you are doing your job the right way,” he said.
“However, for those erring PNP personnel, you will be reprimanded, castigated or be dismissed in the service if necessary,” added Gamboa.
He also reminded police officers to respect their senior officers and always wear proper attire.
The new PNP chief wants to expedite administrative case hearings from 60 days to 15 days.
“Work simplification is the conscious seeking of the simplest, easiest and quickest method of doing work. We should accomplish more tasks within a given amount of time, so watch for my deadlines,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gamboa warned drug personalities and other individuals involved in illegal drugs.
“Heed my words, with the guidance of our President, we won’t stop until you’ve been destroyed and neutralized,” he said. — AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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
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