1,000 Caloocan po­lice re­lieved To un­dergo re­train­ing af­ter teens’ deaths

Manila Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY RJ CARBONELL

METRO Manila po­lice chief Os­car Al­bay­alde on Fri­day re­lieved the en­tire po­lice force of Caloocan City of their du­ties, with the es­ti­mated 1,000 uni­formed per­son­nel de­ployed for “re­train­ing” af­ter a se­ries of se­ri­ous of­fenses, in­clud­ing the killing of at least two teenagers. The of­fenses also in­cluded derly woman com­plained an in­ci­dent in which an el-

that 13 rookie po­lice­men from the Caloocan Po­lice As­sis­tance Cen­ter 12 robbed her home of cash, jew­elry and a gad­get at 9 p. m. on Septem­ber 7.

“To­day, we re­moved all per­son­nel in Sub­sta­tion 7. All 62 of them, plus 13 from the pub­lic safety bat­tal­ion of the North­ern Po­lice District,” Al­bay­alde said in a ra­dio in­ter­view.

Al­bay­alde also said all po­lice­men from Sta­tion 2 and Sta­tion 7 would be re­moved within the day. “The three sta­tions will be pri­or­i­tized. All per­son­nel will be re­placed and will un­dergo re­train­ing,” he said.

Mem­bers of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) re­gional pub­lic safety bat­tal­ion will tem­po­rar­ily re­place the sacked Caloocan po­lice­men, Al­bay­alde said.

Gina Erobas of Caloocan’s Ba for rob­bery and vi­o­la­tion of domi­cile be­fore the Caloocan Po­lice Sta­tion In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tive Man­age­ment Branch against Furlo, PO1 Marvin Poblete, PO1 Sher­win Rivera, PO1 Jay Ga­batu. PO1 Sha­bane Sam­purna, PO1 Rene Llanto, PO1 Louie Ser­rano, PO1 Jaypee Talay, PO1 Rone­lio Ju­la­ton , PO1 Jay- R Sa­ban­gan, PO1 Jaime Na­tivi­dad, a cer­tain PO1 Miguel and PO1 Joey Learan.

Closed- cir­cuit tele­vi­sion showed the po­lice­men rob­bing the house, which led to their re­lief. The po­lice­men al­legedly took two wrist­watches worth a to­tal of P8,000, a cel­lu­lar phone worth P12,000 and a wal­let con­tain­ing P6,000 in cash.

Erobas told po­lice she would Anti-Child Abuse Law against the po­lice­men af­ter her two mi­nor grand­chil­dren who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent were trau­ma­tized.

“The chance given to you by the gov­ern­ment to serve and to be po­lice­men was wasted. The chance was not given to you for you to be­come robbers,” Al­bay­alde told the Caloocan po­lice­men in­volved in the al­leged rob­bery.

Caloocan po­lice have been tagged in the killing of 17-year-old Kian Loyd de los San­tos on Au­gust 16 and 19-year-old Carl An­gelo Ar­naiz on Au­gust 18. The po­lice claimed there were shootouts in both in­ci­dents.

De los San­tos, a Grade 12 stu­dent, was said to have been shot on is back while kneel­ing and plead­ing for his life in Barangay 160.

The body of Ar­naiz, a for­mer UP stu­dent and a res­i­dent of Cainta, Rizal, was found 10 days later in a Caloocan morgue, bear­ing signs of tor­ture. His al­leged com­pan­ion, 14-year-old Rey­naldo de Guz­man, was found dead in Nueva Ecija ear­lier this month, his head wrapped with pack­ag­ing tape.

Ir­reg­u­lar­ity

Caloocan Po­lice Chief, Se­nior Supt. Je­mar Mod­e­qui­llo said the Caloocan Po­lice As­sis­tance Cen­ter 12 team’s op­er­a­tion clearly showed ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, prompt­ing him on Thurs­day to re­lieved them along with their team leader, Se­nior Insp. War­ren Per­alta and the sta­tion com­man­der, Chief Insp. Ti­mothy Ani­way, Jr.

Mod­e­qui­llo ques­tioned the po­lice’s team’s use of an “as­set” (in­for­mant) and a mi­nor, as well as the ab­sence of a search war­rant.

PHOTO BY RUY L. MARTINEZ

BACK TO SCHOOL Po­lice­men re­port to the Caloocan City Po­lice head­quar­ters af­ter be­ing re­lieved of their du­ties. Caloocan po­lice have been im­pli­cated in var­i­ous cases of wrong­do­ing, in­clud­ing the Septem­ber 7 rob­bery of an el­derly woman’s home.

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