Garbo takes oath as NCRPO chief
Garbo says he intends to improve the investigative abilities of police officers to allow them to run after criminals

NEW BOSS. Police Chief Supt Marcelo Garbo Jr assumes office as NCRPO head.

MANILA, Philippines – Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo Jr, described as a “veteran drug buster,” took his oath as new regional police director of Metro Manila on Saturday, July 13. He replaces Director Leonardo Espina who was promoted Chief of Directorial Staff of the entire Philippine National Police (PNP).

Before his appointment as chief of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), Garbo was regional police chief of Central Visayas or Region 7.

He figured prominently during the suspension of former Cebu Gov Gwen Garcia in December 2012. As Central Visayas police director, he was tasked to ensure the smooth transition from Garcia to her replacement, then OIC Gov Agnes Magpale.

A member of the Philippine Military Academy “Dimalupig” Class of 1981, Garbo had been deputy director of the Directorate for Operations of the PNP.

He said that as NCRPO director, he wants to improve the crime database and improve his office’s investigative abilities. This should strengthen police ability to pursue criminals. –

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