‘Honesty’ works for Gamboa

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    INCOMING PNP director general Archie Gamboa bested other candidates for the top police post because of his honesty, a Malacañang official said yesterday.

    Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, concurrent presidential spokesman, said President Duterte had said that he only had one basis in choosing Gamboa as the new PNP chief: his honesty.

    Panelo, in a radio interview, said while the President had often mentioned that he was looking for honesty and competence in his next choice to lead the PNP, Gamboa had already proved he was competent for the position because of the way he had been handling the affairs of the police since his appointment as officer-in-charge.

    He took over the post following the early retirement of former police chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde in October.

    Duterte announced Gamboa’s appointment as PNP director general during the Fraternal Order of Eagles gathering in Davao City last Friday. He said, though, that he has yet to talk with Gamboa and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año before formalizing the appointment.

    “We have the PNP chief. I’m going to appoint you as the regular PNP. But you, Secretary Año and I will have a long, long talk first. Pinakita mo sa akin iyong sincerity mo. And I’d like you to leave something that you will be remembered by the country (We have the PNP chief. I’m going to appoint you as the regular PNP. But you, Secretary Año and I will have a long, long talk first. You showed me your sincerity. And I’d like you to leave something that you will be remembered by the country),” he said.

    The President in December had designated Año as temporary head of the PNP, and directed him to cleanse the police force before he chooses a permanent director general.

    Duterte had recently removed the procurement powers of the PNP amid a controversy over its planned purchase of traffic monitoring equipment, which the President thought was overpriced.

    Asked if Año will still be in charge of the PNP’s procurement activities following Gamboa’s appointment, Panelo said he has yet to discuss the issue with the President.

    Gamboa, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1986, had been designated assigned in various capacities, including spokesman of the PNP Davao Regional Office from 1997 to 2002.

    He was a former member of the Criminal Investigations and Detection Group, a former provincial police chief of Bukidnon and a former regional chief of Calabarazon, and director for comptrollership.

    He likewise headed the PNP Logistics Resource Management Dvision and the Regional Controllership Division of Caraga, among others.