More trou­bles for Caloocan po­lice­men

Tempo - - News - By JEL SAN­TOS (With a re­port from Fran­cis T. Wake­field)

Caloocan po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Sr. Supt. Je­mar Mod­e­qui­llo be­lieves the con­tro­ver­sial fol­lowup op­er­a­tion of Caloocan po­lice­men af­ter a buy bust was un­usual and filled with ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

In­ves­ti­ga­tion is now on­go­ing re­gard­ing an al­le­ga­tion that cops ran­sacked the house of a 51-year-old busi­ness­woman last Septem­ber 7 in Barangay 188, Tala, Caloocan which was cap­tured on CCTV cam­eras.

The po­lice re­port­edly con­ducted a search op­er­a­tion but with­out any search war­rant af­ter the drug sus­pect they just caught pointed to the said res­i­dence of the busi­ness­woman as his drug source.

“Da­pat ka­pag nanghi­ma­sok tayo ng prib­adong lu­gar, da­pat armed tayo ng search war­rant. Hindi ko alam bakit pinaya­gan ni­lang mag­dala ng baril ang isang sibilyan, at kung bakit may sinama silang bata,” said Mod­e­qui­llo.

Based on their move­ments as seen through the CCTVs, the child, who took two watches and a phone, seemed to be known to the cops who barged into the gated place us­ing a bolt cut­ter and were armed and wear­ing bul­let proof vests.

Mod­e­qui­llo how­ever ap­pealed to the pub­lic not to gen­er­al­ize all cops.

“Please, I ap­peal to the pub­lic, not to gen­er­al­ize all cops. Many are still true to their oath---to serve and pro­tect,” said Mod­e­qui­llo.

Mean­time, the head of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice-In­ter­nal Af­fairs Ser­vice (PNP-IAS) said that it will con­duct an im­me­di­ate in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the trou­bled po­lice­men.

PNP In­ter­nal Af­fairs Ser­vice In­spec­tor Gen­eral Alfe­gar Tri­ambulo re­vealed the probe will help them get to the bot­tom of the whole in­ci­dent.

“Ang IAS ay merong mandato to con­duct an au­to­matic in­ves­ti­ga­tion or motu pro­prio, la­hat ng op­er­a­tion ng pulis na merong in­jury, death and vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights,” said Tri­ambulo.

Tri­ambulo said what hap­pened at Caloocan City is a vi­o­la­tion of one’s pri­vacy.

“Ito ay isang vi­o­la­tion ng kara­p­atang pan­tao sa pri­vacy or right to domi­cile. So kaya nga kinabukasan once na makuha namin yung mga spot re­ports sa nang­yaring ito or makuha namin sa other sources au­to­matic ang IAS ay may in­ves­ti­ga­tion agad,” added Tri­ambulo.

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