En­tire po­lice force dis­missed af­ter teen killings

Irish Examiner - - World News - Teresa Cero­jano

An en­tire city po­lice force has been dis­missed in metropoli­tan Manila af­ter some of its mem­bers were ac­cused over the grue­some killings of three teenagers and oth­ers were seen on surveillance cam­eras rob­bing a house.

The 1,200-strong Caloocan po­lice force in the Philip­pine cap­i­tal will be re­lieved in batches and re­placed, said metropoli­tan Manila po­lice chief Os­car Al­bay­alde.

The of­fi­cers will un­dergo 45 days of re­train­ing, af­ter which those fac­ing no charges can be re­as­signed to other sta­tions.

The De­part­ment of Jus­tice has started an in­ves­ti­ga­tion based on a mur­der and tor­ture com­plaint against four Caloocan po­lice­men al­legedly linked to the killing of 17-year-old stu­dent Kian de­los San­tos dur­ing an an­tidrug raid last month.

The par­ents of two other teenagers — 19-year-old Carl An­gelo Ar­naiz and 14-yearold Rey­naldo de Guz­man — have also filed mur­der, tor­ture and plant­ing of ev­i­dence com­plaints against two Caloocan po­lice­men. Last week, se­cu­rity cam­era video pur­port­edly showed 13 po­lice­men rob­bing a house dur­ing an al­leged drug raid.

Philip­pine President Ro­drigo Duterte’s crack­down on drugs, which has left thou­sands of sus­pects dead, has come un­der re­newed scru­tiny since po­lice gunned down Kian. Po­lice de­scribed him as a drug dealer who fired at of­fi­cers dur­ing a raid, but his fam­ily and wit­nesses said the stu­dent was shot as he pleaded for his life.

Wit­nesses pointed to ev­i­dence, in­clud­ing a vil­lage se­cu­rity video, which they said showed two po­lice of­fi­cers drag­ging Kian away shortly be­fore shots rang out and he was found shot in the head, hold­ing a pis­tol with his left hand although his par­ents said he was right-handed.

Po­lice of­fi­cers tes­ti­fied at a hear­ing that Kian was not the man seen be­ing dragged in the video, although sev­eral wit­nesses doubted this.

His death was fol­lowed by an­other out­cry over the killing of for­mer stu­dent Mr Ar­naiz.

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