By J. Jala | 09:55 PM January 26, 2020
Secretary Eduardo M. Año supported the sacking by new PNP Chief Archie Francisco Gamboa of three senior police officers for playing golf while on duty, calling it a “serious breach of discipline.”
“Hindi puwedeng kung sino pa ang inatasang magpatupad ng batas ang siya pang sumusuway sa mga simpleng regulasyon. Police service is an honor and privilege that demands commitment at all times, especially that the PNP’s mandate is public safety and order dahil hindi naman natutulog ang krimen,” Año said on PTV News.
Año said that the sacking of the three police officers served as a warning against eering policemen.
Last week, Gen. Archie Gamboa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), ordered the relief of three high-ranking police officials assigned in Central Visayas after they were caught playing golf during weekdays.
He identified the three as Col. Dennis Artil, the Comptroller of the Central Visayas regional police; Lt. Col. Richard Bad-ang, the chief of the Finance Service of the Central Visayas regional police; and Lt. Col. Glenn Mayam, the head of the PNP Drug-Enforcement Group of the Central Visayas regional police.
“They were found to be playing golf during Tuesdays and Thursdays, and sometimes Wednesdays when they are bored,” said Gamboa in a press briefing at Camp Crame in Quezon City.
Gamboa said the three police officials clearly disregarded his order when he was still the Office-in-Charge of the PNP that no policeman should play golf during office hours and during weekdays.
The official said that while he allows golf and other sports activities during weekends, he said his instruction is clear that it should not be done during weekdays.
Gamboa said that he had already placed the three under the Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit (PHAU) at Camp Crame in Quezon City and they will be investigated for what he described as flagrant violation of a specific directive.
The impact of the relief order, according to Gamboa, would be felt by Bad-ang and Mayam who are set to be promoted to full colonel. It was learned that the two have been occupying the position for colonel despite their ranks.
Gamboa said that the relief of the three officials should serve as a reminder for all PNP personnel to observe the policy he issued before.