Manila district Po­lice re­moved af­ter teen deaths

Fiji Sun - - Asia News - BBC

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.

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