A MONTH before his mandatory retirement, the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is now on the last leg of his final regional visits to assess the peace and order situation across the country.
Although PNP chief Gen. Archie Francisco F. Gamboa continues to fire the imagination of the people because of his “monumental achievements,” policemen are compulsorily retired at the age of 56.
A Mindanaoan like President Duterte, Gamboa was born on September 2, 1964 in Malaybalay, Bukidnon,
Gamboa, a lawyer and a member of Class 1986 of the elite Philippine Military Academy (PMA), was designated PNP officer-in-charge after the early retirement of Gen. Oscar D. Albayalde last year.
After assuming the top PNP post, he put in place a host of programs and initiated activities aimed at transforming the men and women in uniform into effective, dedicated and productive law enforcers.
He launched a massive internal cleansing program designed to rid the 205,000-member PNP of scalawags, misfits and other rotten eggs whose nefarious activities continue to tarnish the image of lawmen.
Likewise, Gamboa orchestrated the PNP’s crackdown on illegal drugs, resulting in the seizure of more than P12 billion worth of shabu, the so-called poor man’s cocaine, in the past six months alone.
During the period, the PNP, supported by other law enforcement agencies, conducted 25,612 anti-narcotics operations, arresting 38,000 drug users and pushers, including “high-value targets.”
Playing a stellar role in the fight against the dreaded “drug monster” is the battle-ready PNP-Drug Enforcement Group (DEG) under B/Gen. Romeo M. Caramat Jr. of vote-rich Pangasinan.
Thus, it would do well for the men and women police uniform to pursue with zeal and determination President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs, criminality, corruption and terrorism.