According to the PNP’s new OIC, the Philippine National Police is winning the drug war despite huge scandal on officers seized narcotics that led to the exit of Philippines’ top cop.
The “ninja cops” controversy that involved 12 officers who sold seized illegal drugs in 2013 operation has affected the entire force, Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa said.
“As a family, you’ll feel affected. Na low-morale din sila kasi the campaign was on illegal drugs and here’s an implication,” he said in to ABS-CBN.
Gamboa assumed post as OIC of the police force after the PNP chief Oscar Albayalde stepped down ahead of his mandatory requirement.
Gamboa admitted that regaining the PNP’s credibility is a big challenge and he will make sure that the investigation of the ‘ninja cops’ would be “100 percent graft free” and “bias free”.
“I have to be honest, talagang naapektuhan rin ang PNP. First, you have to convince our personnel, the Philippine National Police, our organization. Second, we go to the public and tell them the PNP is still a very good police force and we can do our mandate,” he added.
Furthermore, he believes that the controversy did not affect the PNP’s campaign against illegal drugs.
“I think we’re winning the drug war, these controversies that haunted us might be a setback. But I assure the public we can regain our stance and pursue our campaign.”
Gamboa will preside over on his first command conference on Tuesday, where he said that he would seek the commander’s advice to establish the new administration.