President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday administered the oath of office to new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa.
The 23rd PNP chief took his oath and received his four-star rank before Duterte led the distribution of assistance to residents affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano in Sto. Tomas, Batangas.
Before his appointment, Gamboa served as officer-in-charge for three months after retired general Oscar Albayalde quit from his post last October after his name was implicated in the ninja cops controversy.
“Three months as OIC has made me more than ready to take on the responsibility bestowed upon myself by the Commander-in-Chief to lead the PNP,” he said.
Gamboa, who belongs to the Philippine Military Academy Sinagtala Class of 1986, said Duterte wants him to focus on internal cleansing and curbing the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country.
He will reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 years old on September 2. —NB, GMA News