PHILIPPINE National Police chief General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday led 66 police star-rank officers in undergoing an on-the-spot drug test at the PNP national headquarters.
The surprise drug test highlighted the conference presided by the PNP chief and attended by members of the PNP Command Group, Directorial Staff, Regional and National Support Unit Directors.
“This drug testing not only determines the fitness of PNP Commanders to stay in their posts. But more importantly, manifests the sincerity of the PNP to cleanse its own ranks according to the desire of President Rodrigo R Duterte,” Gamboa said.
According to PNP spokesman Brigadier Gen. Bernard M. Banac, the result of the drug tests administered by the PNP Crime Laboratory will be known today.
PRO7 DIRECTOR SKIPS COMMAND CONFERENCE
Journal Group sources said Police Regional Office 7 director Brig. Gen. Valeriano T. de Leon was not around during the command conference as the seat reserved for him was already occupied by his successor — Brig. Gen. Albert Ignatius D. Ferro. Both are members of Philippine Military Academy Class 1989.
Gamboa ordered the relief of de Leon barely four months after he was designated as Central Visayas police director.
He also relieved Bulacan Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Emma M. Libunao and transferred her, along with de Leon to the Office of the Chief,PNP. During the command conference, the PNP chief reminded all Regional Directors of the PNP’s hard line stance against all forms of illegal gambling activities and other crimes against public morals in their areas of jurisdiction.
The Chief PNP said relief and reassignment of police officials to key posts is based on evaluation of factors such as performance, campaign against illegal drugs, campaign against illegal gambling, campaign against rogue cops, and failure to adhere to Command Policies.