Manila district Police removed after teen deaths
Manila: The entire Police force in part of the Philippine capital is to be relieved of duty, after the controversial deaths of three teenagers. Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde said 1200 officers from the Caloocan district would be retrained and then assigned to other units. The move comes amid growing scrutiny of Police operations amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s antidrugs war.
The most high-profile case involved a boy killed in Caloocan on 16 August.
Police say Kian Loyd Delos Santos, who was 17, ran from them and then opened fire, so they shot him. But his parents say he had no involvement in drugs. A witness said police tried to force a gun into his hand and CCTV footage shows a boy, said to be him, being dragged away by police, contradicting claims he ran.
A second case involved the death of Carl Arnaiz, a 19-year-old accused of trying to rob a taxi driver. Police said he fired at them but the taxi driver said he saw him alive in police custody. A 14-year-old boy, last seen with Arnaiz, was later found dead.