Mindanao Times

No favoritism in PNP revamp: Gamboa


– Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge, Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa on Monday denied an accusation that ‘batabata’ system or favoritism marred the recent massive revamp involving senior police officers.

“Wala naman siguro akong ‘bata-bata.’ I don’t know ano sinasabi nilang favoritism or ‘bata-bata,’ lahat naman ng pulis, bata ko (I don’t think there is ‘bata-bata’. I don’t know what they are claiming favoritism. All police personnel are my subordinat­es),” Gamboa said in a press briefing held at Camp Crame.

He said at least two of his classmates were also affected by the revamp, referring to Maj. Gen. Amador Corpus and Brig. Gen. Edward Carranza.

Corpus was moved from Criminal Investigat­ion and Detection Group to head the Directorat­e for Human Resource and Doctrine Developmen­t while Carranza was assigned to the Logistics Support Service from Region 4 (Calabarzon). “Rest assured that this bata-bata system no longer exists in the PNP,” Gamboa said.

The National Police Commission (Napolcom) earlier granted Gamboa authority to implement the revamp, affecting 22 highrankin­g officials of the PNP.

Gamboa said the PNP will re-evaluate the officials after a three-month probationa­ry period.

PNP spokespers­on, Brigadier General Bernard Banac earlier admitted that some of those who were affected by the reshufflin­g of key positions were either disappoint­ed or unhappy.

He, however, maintained that the revamp was part of the career developmen­t and a normal procedure in their organizati­on. (PNA)

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