Retire at 60? PNP OIC wants higher retirement age for cops

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Posted at Oct 22 2019 08:14 AM

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The officer-in-charge of the Philippine National Police said Tuesday he was in favor of raising the retirement age of its officers from 56 years old. 

The retirement age was set back when the PNP Academy accepted 17-year-old high school graduates as applicants. The K-12 program, however, added 2 years to the basic education curriculum so high school graduates are now around 19 years old, said PNP OIC Lt. Gen Archie Gamboa. 

"Probably it (PNP retirement age) can go to 58. Pwede naman kahit hanggang 60," he told radio DZMM. 

Gamboa, however, said he wanted the retirement age raised in the "next generation" because he would have already served 38 "very exhausting" years in the government when he retires next September. 

He is one of 3 candidates to replace Gen. Oscar Albayalde, who resigned as PNP chief last week over allegations that he protected officers who were accused of pilfering some 160 kilos of shabu in a 2013 operation, which he denied. 

Also among contenders for the top PNP post are Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan, PNP deputy chief for operations, and Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, chief of the Directorial Staff, the PNP's 4th highest post. 

DZMM, October 22, 2019