From left: The Philippine National Police’s Guillermo Eleazar, acting police chief Archie Gamboa, former chief Oscar Albayalde, and Camilo Cascolan. Photo: AP

Philippines ‘ninja cop’ scandal threatens to ruin acting police chief Archie Gamboa’s bid for top post

  • Gamboa has been accused of only suspending the team leader of the disgraced policemen, despite a recommendation for his sacking
  • The term ‘ninja cops’ refers to 13 officers accused of stealing and reselling drugs seized in a bust, among other crimes
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From left: The Philippine National Police’s Guillermo Eleazar, acting police chief Archie Gamboa, former chief Oscar Albayalde, and Camilo Cascolan. Photo: AP
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Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles has written for the SCMP since 1996. A freelance journalist specialising in politics, international relations, business and Muslim rebellion, she has contributed to Reuters, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Daily Mail, Times of London, Radio Netherlands and Asiaweek. She runs the award-winning investigative and opinion blog, raissarobles.com. Her book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, a brief history of the dictatorship won the 2017 National Book Awards for Non-Fiction. Her Twitter handle is @raissawriter.