Malap­i­tan backs po­lice re­vamp

Manila Bulletin - - News - By JEL SAN­TOS

Caloocan City Mayor Os­car Malap­i­tan backed the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion Po­lice Of­fice (NCRPO's) de­ci­sion to re­lieve and re­place the en­tire po­lice force of the city and said rogue cops must be weeded out.

"We sup­port the de­ci­sion of the NCRPO to re­place all the po­lice­men in Caloocan. We need to act to re­move all the 'rot­ten' cops who de­stroyed the name of Caloocan," Malap­i­tan said.

NCRPO re­gional di­rec­tor Os­car Al­bay­alde has or­dered the re­lief of all po­lice­men of Caloocan on Fri­day. There are around 1,200 po­lice of­fi­cers as­signed in Caloocan City.

The re­lieved po­lice of­fi­cers will un­dergo re­tri­an­ing.

The Caloocan City has been heav­ily crit­i­cized and con­demned fol­low­ing the deaths of two teenagers.

Kian Loyd de­los San­tos, 17, was killed in an al­leged shootout in Barangay 160. Wit­nessses, how­ever, claimed that he did not re­sist ar­rest. A closed cir­cuit tele­vi­sion footage also showed that he was man­han­dled by the po­lice.

Carl An­gelo Ar­naiz, 19, al­legedly re­sisted ar­rest af­ter rob­bing a taxi driver, which prompted the po­lice to shoot him.

The taxi driver, how­ever, claimed oth­er­wise.

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