PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa has tested negative for COVID-19 virus and has been leading the 205,000-strong police force’s continuing campaign against criminality, terrorism and rogues in uniform while at the same time ensuring the efficient conduct of Enhanced Community Quarantine over the past two weeks, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
Gen. Gamboa also had no recent meeting with Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año who is now under home quarantine after testing positive for the deadly virus, said PNP spokesman, Brigadier Gen. Bernard M. Banac.
“He is on duty, up and running the entire affairs of the PNP amid the Enhanced Community Quarantine. The PNP chief remains healthy but adapting strict biosafety measures,” Banac explained.
The PNP spokesperson said that Gen. Gamboa showed no symptoms of COVID-19 but underwent the test as a precautionary measure after possible exposure to assymptomatic persons under monitoring or investigation while performing his duties. Some of them (asymptomatic persons) had already been tested positive for the virus,” Banac said.
As of yesterday, the PNP spokesperson said seven policemen have tested as COVID-19 positive while there are 145 others who are considered as Persons under Investigation or PUIs and 1,416 as Persons under Monitoring or PUMs.