Real cops much different from action stars -- Gamboa

February 17, 2020

PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa has underscored the need to come up with a physically fit and modernized police force knowing that unlike in the movies where the heroes kill countless villains in never-ending gunfights, there is no Take 2 for real policemen once they encounter ruthless criminals in the streets.

The top cop likewise emphasized the very big difference between a reel and real policeman, the very same reason why they are embarking on a massive modernization and a physical fitness program aimed at coming up with ideal cops who can run after criminals wherever they go.

Speaking before officers and men of the National Capital Region Police Office headed by Major Gen. Debold M. Sinas during the NCRPO’s 29th anniversary in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City, the PNP chief narrated how the words ‘focus, internalization and delivery’ helped him while he was shooting for the video of PNP’s ‘Kakampi’ mo anti-crime campaign.

In a few minutes, he said that he became an instant actor who was asked to deliver lines in front of a camera and under a director’s coaching. For a few minutes, he said that he focused and internalized to memorize his lines and deliver it with emotions.

“Using those techniques saved me and the director to waste more precious time.  Mahirap maging artista,  pero naisip ko mas mahirap maging Pulis,” he told his audience.

According to the top cop, “there are no 2nd take when you are in the line of duty exchanging fire behind enemy lines while saving people’s lives.”

“That’s why it is very crucial that the PNP personnel, especially the uniformed personnel, are well equipped with necessary trainings and skills to combat criminals and lawless elements with minimal if not zero casualties.

Unlike sa pelikula na pwede pang bumangon yung nabaril na artista or extra para sa next scene, ang mga pulis pag nasabak sa enkwentro, kung hindi sa hospital, sa lamay mo na pupuntahan,” he said.

Those facts, he said, is another reason why police have to attain their respective normal Body Mass Index (BMI) so that they can be  combatant-ready for any eventualities and crisis.

“Pag maliit  ang  tyan  mabilis nang rumesponde. Sabi nga sa trume-trending sa mga social medias. (Hashtag)#BMI is real. But giving justice to your hard work, I am aware and appreciates your best effort to have a healthy lifestyle,” he said while taking note of Maj. Gen. Sinas’ new slogan ‘lettuce pa more.’

Gen. Gamboa said that unlike movie actors playing heroic cops who never die, real policemen in the country have been killed or maimed while doing their duties specifically in the war on drugs.

“In a serious note, with our fight against criminalities, illegal drugs, terrorism and alike, I’ve seen numbers of grieving families who have lost their father, husband, son or daughter. They are our silent heroes who have fought in the line of duty while securing people’s lives and properties. –-Patunay na tayo ay Pulis na tagapagtanggol nang naaapi,” he said.

Gen. Gamboa also cited the real policemen’s role in delivering public safety in terms of disaster response as proven in the recent Taal Volcano eruption where over 11,000 policemen were deployed for search-and-rescue operations and at present, the PNP’s support to the Department of Health in enforcing quarantine of specific areas, facilitating the transport of persons under investigation and other related activities including contact tracing to prevent and containing the spread of the deadly 2019 N-CoV virus.

The PNP chief said that under him, the PNP is pushing for a more efficient human resources management system with the SMART Policing which will integrate all PNP systems in order to deliver a more responsive police service to inside and outside stakeholders.

Gen. Gamboa again urged NCRPO personnel to remain strong and solid in facing challenges ‘while wearing an invincible armor in order to deflect any forms of corruption’ under his ‘no-take policy.’

He also commended the NCRPO for hauling 1,596 drug personalities and triggering the voluntary surrender of 360 others in 2019 as a result of their crackdown on drugs.

The PNP chief said that with a P2 billion fund, he expects that the NCRPO will truly modernize and uplift its capability and efficiency in delivering public service.