WHY the big fuzz over the chief of the Philippine National Police having dinner in Baguio City?
This was the statement issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government yesterday as it confirmed that General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa had dinner in the City of Pines and not a big party as what some netizens and his other critics have been claiming.
"Nakarating na sa'min sa DILG ngunit wala pong katotohanan ang ganiyang paratang. "Sinunod po ng pamunuan ng PNP ang lahat ng pamantayan. It was not a party, it was a dinner dun po sa cottage ng Chief PNP sa Navy Base sa Baguio," said DILG spokesperson, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya to quell speculations the top cop himself violated quarantine protocols in Baguio City which, like other cities under the General Community Quarantine, allows gathering with very limited participants.
Gen. Gamboa denied having a party in Baguio and said he only had dinner with some friends.." "There is no truth to the allegations spreading on social media. There was no party or concert. It was a dinner that ended at 9:30 pm," he said.
The PNP chief said he also met with Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, an upperclassman from the Philippine Military Academy who also serves as pandemic czar for contact tracing last Sunday to discuss the peace and order situation of the region.
Several top Cordillera police officials also met with the Chief,PNP after quarantine rules prompted the PMA leadership and Gamboa himself to forgo with ceremonial parade for the top cop who will be retiring from the police force this coming September 2.
Magalong, a member of PMA Class 1982, in the first place would be the first to cry foul over any quarantine violations in the city, similar to the one reportedly committed last June by the group of San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora, officials said.
Baguio City police chief, Colonel Allen Rae Co described as ‘fake news’ reports that the PNP chief held a concert party and maintained that Gen. Gamboa abided by all their health and safety protocols and had with him the requirements including a travel authority when he entered the country’s summer capital.
Gen. Gamboa said that for the record, “there were only three vehicles which is less than the PNP chief protocol; all of us went through the triage as per the city of Baguio’s regulations; and there was no party or concert. It was a dinner that ended at 9:30 p.m..”
“Social distancing was strictly followed and the food was individually catered. My contingent and I stayed at the Chief,PNP cottage at the Navy Base the whole time,” added the member of PMA ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986.