Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa disclosed on Thursday, March 5, that the twin engine helicopter carrying Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa was “brand new.”
Dela Rosa said the helicopter was procured during his time as PNP Chief. He added that during the procurement of the helicopter, Gamboa was the head of the bids and awards committee of the police force.
The senator said the helicopter purchase “went through proper bidding procedure.” There were a lot of controversies about purchases in the past so Gamboa was very careful that the proceedings of the bids and awards committee was all done above board.
Gamboa was on his way to Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba, Laguna when the helicopter crash happened. The helicopter was carrying eight passengers, including Gamboa, the pilot, and several PNP officials.