‘One-strike policy’ for commanders issued for failed illegal gambling drive

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    PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa yesterday issued a “one-strike policy” against police commanders who will fail to stop illegal gambling in their respective areas of responsibility.

    Gamboa said the PNP leadership will pursue administrative sanctions against the commanders, including relief from their posts, if it is proven that illegal gambling is still being practiced in their jurisdictions.

    “I am serving notice to all police unit commanders that their actions in enforcing the campaign against corruption and crimes against public morals, particularly illegal gambling, shall weigh heavily in the succeeding rounds of individual performance evaluation to determine their competence to continue leading their respective units,” Gamboa said.

    “The one-strike policy will strictly apply to unit commanders who will fail to curb these illegal activities in their areas of responsibility,” Gamboa added.

    Gamboa, who assumed command as PNP chief Monday last week, adopted the same policy that his predecessor, retired Gen. Oscar Albayalde, enforced during his incumbency.

    PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said the PNP chief issued the order to encourage regional police directors and chiefs of police to step up the drive against all forms of illegal gambling.

    “The warning was issued by PNP chief Gen. Gamboa to remind all (commanders) so that everyone will be efficient in the performance of their duty. It’s giving emphasis to his policy for commanders to do a good job,” Banac said.

    Banac said the PNP leadership will monitor and evaluate the performance of the commanders in the next three months.

    “Their overall performance of our commanders, directors and chief of police will be looked into and that will serve as basis if there will be administrative sanctions that will be taken against them,” he said.