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3 ‘golfing cops’ in hot water

Kristina Maralit

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Three senior police officers from Central Visayas were the first ones to get a whipping from Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PGen. Archie Gamboa for violating the “no golf” policy.

Col. Dennis Artil, Lt. Col. Richard Bad-Ang and Lt. Col. Glenn Mayam were all axed from their posts after they were spotted on the fairway several times “when they are bored” during weekdays.

“I have ordered last night the relief of three senior police officers of Central Visayas for violating my policy on not playing golf during weekdays,” Gamboa said in a press briefing in Camp Crame.

“I firmly said no golf on weekdays. Wait for the weekend or holidays. Actually, I let them go to the driving range, but after office hours,” he added.

According to him, said officers would play golf on “Tuesdays and Wednesdays” when they are supposed to be on duty, a clear violation of a direct order he issued back in October barring personnel from any fairway activities during office hours and weekdays to ensure they perform their duties more efficiently.

All three have been ordered to report to the Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit and undergo further investigation.

Said misdeed will also be considered as “one strike” against acting Police Regional Office-7 regional director, PBGen. Val De Leon.

“As I have said just three days ago, now that I am the Chief PNP, I am vested with greater authority to implement the program of internal cleansing and organizational reform — even with iron fists if it will be necessary,” Gamboa stressed

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