Chief sacks 1200 police
MANILA: The Philippine capital’s police chief ordered that the entire 1200member police force in one of Manila’s biggest areas be relieved of duty and retrained yesterday, in response to a series of controversies, including the killing of two teenagers and CCTV footage showing police robbing a house during an alleged drug raid.
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 combattrained unit.
Albayalde did not say how long the retraining would last or how long it would take for the entire police force in Caloocan to be replaced. — Reuters