Philip­pines re­train­ing 1,200 po­lice af­ter abuses

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

MANILA: The Philip­pine cap­i­tal’s po­lice chief or­dered that the en­tire 1,200-mem­ber po­lice force in one of Manila’s big­gest areas be re­lieved of duty and re­trained on Friday in re­sponse to a series of con­tro­ver­sies, in­clud­ing the killing of two teenagers. Metro Manila’s top of­fi­cer Os­car Al­bay­alde said all po­lice per­son­nel in the Caloocan area of the cap­i­tal would un­dergo re­train­ing and re­ori­en­ta­tion be­fore be­ing re­as­signed to other po­lice units, not nec­es­sar­ily in Manila. “We will start with the city’s po­lice precincts 2 and 7,” Al­bay­alde said. All per­son­nel in Caloocan’s head­quar­ters and seven precincts would be tem­po­rar­ily re­placed by the re­gional pub­lic safety bat­tal­ion, a com­bat-trained unit. “This will be done in batches,” he said.

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