PHILIPPINE National Police Officer-in-Charge, Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday expressed optimism that just like the proverbial Phoenix rising from the ashes the police force will soon rise again and much stronger in its resolve to fight a war on criminality and drugs and most especially, rogues in uniform.
“We admit that the recent controversy involving the PNP has shaken the institution at its core. Not only has it caused displeasure from our President but some doubts on our capability and resolve to serve and protect the people.
Indeed, these are extraordinary times that call for extraordinary measures not only to protect the significant gains we’ve achieved in our campaign against crime, illegal drugs and corruption but also to bring it to its next level from the insights we’ve learned from our tumultuous experience,” the PNP-OIC told a press conference at Camp Crame while being flanked by senior generals including his fellow candidates for the top PNP post, Lt. Gen. Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan and Major Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar.
Gamboa said that the PNP will abide whatever will be the final outcome of the review by the Department of Justice regarding the November 29, 2013 drug bust in Pampanga which triggered the resignation of PNP chief, Gen. Oscar D. Albayalde.
“Nonetheless, we have already dismissed 4 of the 13 cops involved in Pampanga raid for another grave offense in Antipolo. Another one is facing a more serious offense and will likely be administratively dismissed if substantial evidence exists,” he said.