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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Former Philippine national police chief Oscar Albayalde and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a police event in Manila. Photo: AFP

Philippines police chief lost moral standing over ‘ninja cops’ scandal: critics

  • General Oscar Albayalde’s decision to go on leave ahead of his retirement was a soft exit, his critics said, given his alleged involvement in a case where policemen sold drugs they had confiscated
  • Albayalde is the second official appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to have left their post amid scandal in recent months
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Former Philippine national police chief Oscar Albayalde and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a police event in Manila. Photo: AFP
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