Gamboa relieves 3 officers playing golf on weekdays

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    PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa has ordered the relief of three officers, including a colonel, for violating his directive to all police personnel against playing golf during weekdays.

    They are Col. Dennis Artil and Lt. Col. Richard Bad-Ang, the comptroller and finance service chief of the Central Visayas regional police office, respectively, and Lt. Col. Glenn Madayag, chief of the PNP Drug Enforcemnt Group in Central Visayas.

    Gamboa said the three have been re-assigned to the Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit in Camp Crame “while undergoing investigation for flagrant violation of a specific directive, an act that constitutes grave misconduct.”

    “I have ordered last night (Wednesday night) the relief of three senior officers in Central Visayas for violating my policy on not playing golf during weekdays,” said Gamboa.

    Gamboa issued the directive banning all policemen from playing golf on weekdays last October shortly after he was named as PNP officer-in-charge. Gamboa assumed command as PNP chief on Monday.

    “As I have said just three days ago, now that I am chief PNP, I am vested with greater authority to implement the program of internal cleansing and organizational reform, even with iron fists if it will be necessary,” Gamboa said.

    Gamboa said the three officers regularly played golf on Tuesdays and Thursdays and “if they’re bored, they play on Wednesdays.”

    Gamboa said Bad-Ang and Madayag are due for promotion. “They are occupying full colonel positions (and are due for) promotion and it (relief) might affect their promotion,” he said.

    “It’s strike one for the regional director, PRO-7 (Police Regional Office-7),” Gamboa added, referring to Central Visayas regional police director Brig. Gen. Valeriano De Leon. However, he said this does not necessarily mean De Leon will be relieved.