Al­bay­alde: Cops ran­sack­ing houses may now be a 'cul­ture' in Caloocan

The Freeman - - NATION -

Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion Po­lice Of­fice chief Di­rec­tor Os­car Al­bay­alde yes­ter­day said they would want to find out if il­le­gally en­ter­ing res­i­dences has become a reg­u­lar prac­tice among Caloocan City po­lice­men.

"Da­pat po nat­ing mala­man na baka ito ay nag­ing kul­tura na sa Caloocan," Al­bay­alde said in an in­ter­view on ra­dio dzBB of GMA News yes­ter­day.

Al­bay­alde said the 14 po­lice­men in­volved in the il­le­gal house raid had been placed un­der re­stric­tive cus­tody pend­ing the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice-In­ter­nal Af­fairs Ser­vice's in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The po­lice­men, led by Se­nior In­spec­tor War­ren Per­alta, were caught in a CCTV cam­era forcibly en­ter­ing and ran­sack­ing a civil­ian's house. The po­lice­men, all in civil­ian clothes, al­legedly took cash and per­sonal be­long­ings of the house owner.

Al­bay­alde ad­mit­ted dur­ing the in­ter­view that the in­ci­dent in­volv­ing Per­alta's group trig­gered his or­der to re­lieve the en­tire Caloocan City po­lice force from their posts.

Aside from the case of Per­alta's group, Caloocan City po­lice­men had also been ac­cused of sum­mar­ily ex­e­cut­ing teenagers Kian Loyd de­los San­tos and Carl An­gelo Ar­naiz.

Al­bay­alde said re­mov­ing the Caloocan City po­lice­men from their posts would al­low in­ves­ti­ga­tors to freely look into the three cases. He said that they will also try to find out if there were pre­vi­ous in­ci­dents sim­i­lar to the case of Per­alta's group.

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