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Reject bribes or face jail, PNP officer in charge reminds cops

In File Photo: Officers and members of the Philippine National Police march past the grandstand during flag-raising ceremony to mark the police’s 26th founding anniversary at the PNP General Headquarters in Quezon City, February 6, 2017.

Philippine National Police (PNP) officer in charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa warned policemen against accepting bribes from illegal activities as he vowed to implement reforms ordered by President Duterte.

Gamboa, who replaced resigned PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde, reminded policemen, and even the public, about the PNP’s strict regulations, during the assumption of Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas as the new commander of the National Capital Region Police Office.

Sinas succeeded Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, who has been promoted as the new chief of the PNP’s Directorial Staff, the fourth-highest position in the PNP.

“There will be no take on anything illegal, be it illegal drugs, illegal gambling or any kind of bribery. Sorry, but we will refuse it. If you insist, then we will put you to jail,” Gamboa said.

“I survived as chairman of the bids and awards committee [of the PNP] wherein we disbursed P26 billion coming from the GAA [General Appropriations Act], and coming from the President’s fund and not a single smoke came out. I think this is the template,” he added.

The PNP officer in charge gave hints of reform in the PNP following the Armed Forces of the Philippines’s joint conference with Duterte.

Gamboa did not say exactly the marching orders of the President, but said the public should see changes in the coming days.

“You will see in the next few days why the actions of the PNP would be so because of what the President has said in last night’s joint command conference. You will see that yourselves in the next few days,” he said.

Image credits: AP/Bullit Marquez



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