PNP bans weekday golfing for cops
Location: Manila, Philippines
Date Published: October 16, 2019
Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge (OIC) Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa announced on Wednesday, October 16, that cops are no longer allowed to play golf during weekdays.
Gamboa volunteered the information in an ambush interview with reporters after the turnover of Metro Manila police chiefs in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.
"I am now declaring that there will be no more golf during weekdays. Nobody is exempted down, starting from the officer-in-charge down to the lowest mammal in the Philippine National Police," said Gamboa.
The PNP OIC told reporters that he signed the order on Tuesday night, October 15, or a day after the resignation of PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde.
Gamboa said the ban would not cover weekends and holidays. "Let's not deprive them of that," he said.
Asked to explain the rationale for the order, Gamboa told reporters to "deduce" for themselves.
He added that it has something to do with the "people" police spend time with during games, hinting at politicians and businessmen with interests in police matters.
The order is apparently part of Gamboa's bid to win back public confidence in the police, following the drug-related controversy that prompted Albayalde to resign, and cast doubt on the credibility of the PNP.
The night before, the PNP held a command conference in Malacañang with President Rodrigo Duterte. Gamboa refused to disclose whether the order came from the meeting.
Meanwhile, President Duterte has not yet named a new chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to replace Gen. Albayalde.
Rumors swirled in Camp Crame earlier about the President possibly announcing his choice at the first command conference without Albayalde at the helm.
This means that Police Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa remains as officer-in-charge of the PNP until the President names Albayalde's replacement.
Gamboa remains one of the names in the shortlist, together with Police Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan and Police Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar.
Manila Police District (MPD) director Vicente Danao is also considered as a possible dark horse because of his close relationship to the President.
Senator Bong Go earlier said the President will announce his choice on Oct. 29.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año is also set to submit a shortlist for chief PNP to the President this week.