POLICE officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa yesterday said President Duterte ordered the revamp of key police officials after he expressed dismay over revelations on the unrelenting illegal activities of “ninja cops.”
Gamboa said Duterte issued the directive in a command conference in Malacañang on Tuesday last week, a day after former PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde stepped down on a non-duty status until his November 8 retirement.
“We admit that the recent controversy involving the PNP has shaken the institution at its core. Not only did it cause displeasure from our President but (cast) some doubts on our capability and resolve to serve and protect the people,” Gamboa said in a press conference in Camp Crame.
In compliance with the President’s order, Gamboa said he called for a meeting of top police officials last Saturday to conduct a performance evaluation of all police units.
After the assessment, the gathered police officials agreed to reshuffle the 21 major officers.
Gamboa said he was allowed to implement a reshuffle as the National Police Commission has issued a resolution giving him the “power to designate and relieve senior officers from different units.”
Gamboa said has given the new set of officers three months to perform well, especially in the campaign against illegal drugs, otherwise they will be replaced with another set of new officers.
“So I am also giving a chance to other officers to perform. That’s why we had a reshuffle, to have a fresh idea, fresh start and then we will see what you will do in the next three months,” he said.
Gamboa said he has also put on hold all pending promotions of third level officers (from full-fledged colonel up to star-rank officers) pending evaluation of their performances.
“It’s a collective decision but whatever would be the final outcome, final decision, I take full responsibility over it because I should be responsible of all the designations that have been implemented,” he said.
Gamboa said the decision to re-assign top officials to their new posts was not easily reached considering there were some of those affected who opposed the revamp.
Gamboa said he laid down his policies and gave the respective officials the free hand to implement them.
The policies include no playing of golf during weekdays; no cops should be in gambling joints, casinos, cockpits and public drinking places unless authorized to conduct police operations; no take policy; cops are prohibited to use recovered or evidence vehicles; and no use by cops’ private vehicles without license plates, among others.
Gamboa said the next PNP chief, whoever he may be, may not necessarily adapt the changes in leadership he has implemented.
“So he may or may not continue that but again this is what is required at this time. I am just acting based on what is needed at this point in time,” he said.
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salavador Panelo, concurrent presidential spokesman, said the PNP leadership had informed the President about the revamp prior to its implementation.
Panelo said Duterte gave the thumbs up to the reshuffle.
“That’s good for the PNP. Any revamp will always be good for an organization after a while because mahirap iyong magkakaroon ka na ng ugat doon sa mga posisyon ninyo. Tama lang iyon (Any revamp will always be good for an organization after a while because it is hard if you stay too long in your assignment, you grow roots and don’t move up),” he added.
The reshuffle affected the following: former Directorate for Human Resources and Doctrine Development director Maj. Gen. Mariel Magaway was named the new Directorate for Intelligence director, while his vacated post was given to Maj. Gen. Amador Corpus, former chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.
Corpus’ former post was assigned to Brig. Gen. Joel Napoleon Coronel, while Brig. Gen. Leonardo Cesneros will take over Coronel’s post as Police Regional Office 3 (Central Luzon) director.
Brig. Gen. Nicerio Obaob is the new Police Regional Office 4B (Mimaropa) director vice Brig. Gen. Tomas Apolinario who was named the deputy director of the Directorate for Intelligence.
Brig. Gen. Ferdinand Divina was tapped to lead the Police Regional Office 8 in place of Brig. Gen. Dionardo Carlos, who was assigned as the new PNP Highway Patrol Group director.
Brig. Gen Marcelo Morales, former Police Regional Office 11 (Davao) director, is now the director of the Police Security and Protection Group vice Brig. Gen. Filmore Escobal who was named to take over Morales’ vacated post.
Brig. Gen. Angelito Casimiro was named new Police Regional Office 2 (Cagayan Valley) director to replace Brig. Gen. Jose Mario Espino, while Brig. Gen. Edward Carranza (former Calabarzon Police Regional Office director) will take over Casimiro’s post as Logistics Support Service director.
Former Manila Police District director Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao was named the new Police Regional Office 4A (Southern Tagalog) director, with Brig. Gen. Bernabe Balbe will over his old post.
Brig. Gen Arnel Escobal will be the new Aviation Security Group director, while Brig. Gen. Anthony Alcañeses was tapped to be the Police Regional Office 5 (Bicol) director.
Brig. Gen. Joselito Daniel is the new director of the Police Community Affairs and Development Group while Brig. Gen. Rhodel Sermonia, former PCADG chief, was named deputy chief of the Directorate for Police Community Relations.
Brig. Gen. Tomas Apolinario is the new deputy director of the Directorate for Intelligence, while Brig. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro, former PNP Drug Enforcement Group, was named deputy regional director for administration of the Police Regional Office 5 (Bicol).
Col. Romeo Caramat, former chief of the Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group, will take Ferro’s former assignment. The PNP IMEG will be now be headed by Col. Ronald Lee.