PNP hopes Duterte to name new police chief soon

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Posted at Oct 30 2019 10:55 AM

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MANILA - The spokesperson of the Philippine National Police on Wednesday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to name a new PNP chief soon.

PNP spokesman Bernard Banac said that even without a permanent head at the helm, the PNP's law enforcement operations and its programs continue under its police officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa.

"In the coming months, if he is going to stay as officer-in-charge, it's going to have an effect on big projects of the PNP. We're hoping anytime soon the president would name a new chief PNP," Banac said on ANC's Headstart.

Gamboa's name, along with Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan, and Major Gen. Guillermo Eleazar were floated as the next PNP Chief.

"For the meantime, the management and supervision of the entire Philippine National Police, the officer-in-charge General Gamboa is doing well and he's performing. In fact, he conducted a revamp already and designated some officials on top positions and he's on top of the situation," Banac said.

Duterte has yet to pick the next PNP chief after Oscar Albayalde stepped down earlier this month following allegations he protected his men who were accused of selling seized illegal drugs.

On Monday, Duterte cited honesty as his "only standard" for choosing the next PNP chief.