Duterte names Archie Gamboa as new PNP Chief

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President Rodrigo Duterte has named a new chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP). (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 17) — President Rodrigo Duterte has named a new chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Duterte announced Friday he is poised to appoint PNP Officer-In-Charge PLTGEN Archie Gamboa to lead the police force.

"We have the PNP Chief, I'm going to appoint you as the regular PNP but you and Secretary [Eduardo] Año and I will have a long, long talk first," he addressed Gamboa in a speech in Davao City.

"Ipinakita mo sa akin 'yung sincerity mo [You showed me your sincerity] and I want you to leave something that you will be remembered by the country," he added.

At the event, Gamboa stood up and acknowledged the President's remarks with a salute.

The PNP welcomed the President's pronouncement to appoint Gamboa as its new chief.

"Under the able leadership of PLtGen Gamboa, we assure the public that the PNP remains committed to intensify the campaign against criminality, illegal drugs and corruption," it said in a statement.

Former PGEN Oscar Albayalde resigned as PNP Chief ahead of his retirement in November over allegations he intervened to lower the penalty for 13 of his subordinates involved in a controversial drug raid in 2013.

Duterte appointed Gamboa Officer-In-Charge after Albayalde's departure.