Rody backs purge of Caloocan cops

The Philippine Star - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRISTINA MENDEZ

Pres­i­dent Duterte yes­ter­day ex­pressed full sup­port for the re­lief of 1,200 po­lice­men of the Caloocan City po­lice force.

Duterte re­ferred to the or­der of Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion Po­lice Of­fice (NCRPO) chief Di­rec­tor Os­car Al­bay­alde who or­dered the re­lief and re­train­ing of all the Caloocan po­lice­men on Fri­day.

Caloocan City Mayor Os­car Malap­i­tan also wel­comed Al­bay­alde’s de­ci­sion to sack the en­tire po­lice force.

“We know there are more good cops than bad in the city, but the ac­tion of the PNP to re­lieve the en­tire po­lice force will def­i­nitely lead to a cleans­ing of their ranks,” he said.

Al­bay­alde yes­ter­day said the NCRPO is tap­ping vol­un­teer po­lice­men from other re­gions to fill the va­can­cies in the Caloocan City po­lice force.

“For the long term, we will ac­cept po­lice

of­fi­cers from other re­gions be­cause we will no longer as­sign the peo­ple who were re­moved, even af­ter their re­train­ing,” Al­bay­alde said.

He added the relieved po­lice­men will un­dergo re­train­ing for 45 days and will not be as­signed back to the Caloocan po­lice.

He said Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) chief Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Ron­ald dela Rosa had or­dered that the new set of po­lice of­fi­cers to be de­ployed in Caloocan are of good moral char­ac­ter.

“The di­rec­tive is to screen and con­duct a back­ground in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­fore they are as­signed there. We are open for vol­un­teers,” Al­bay­alde told dzBB yes­ter­day.

Al­bay­alde clar­i­fied the as­sign­ment will be vol­un­tary. In­ter­ested ap­pli­cants would just have to re­quest for “avail­abil­ity” in the area where they are cur­rently as­signed, just like nor­mal pro­ce­dures when a po­lice­man is seek­ing re­as­sign­ment.

“That is, if they want to. This is open to any­body who wants to be re­as­signed. This is just as sim­ple as the usual re­as­sign­ment process,” Al­bay­alde told The STAR.

Al­bay­alde stressed though that the screen­ing process would be strict.

Al­bay­alde on Fri­day or­dered the re­lief of the en­tire po­lice force in Caloocan ex­cept for newly as­signed po­lice chief Se­nior Supt. Je­mar Mod­e­qui­llo and Chief Insp. Ilus­tre Men­doza, deputy chief for ad­min­is­tra­tion and in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The or­der came a day af­ter mem­bers of the Caloocan Po­lice Com­mu­nity Precinct 4 raided an el­derly woman’s home and re­port­edly stole money and other valu­ables in an in­ci­dent cap­tured on closed cir­cuit tele­vi­sion cam­era.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened as the po­lice force is em­broiled in the con­tro­ver­sial killings of teenagers Kian Loyd de­los San­tos and Carl An­gelo Ar­naiz.

Al­bay­alde said opera- tions at the Caloocan po­lice sta­tion have not been ad­versely af­fected as they have put in “re­spon­si­ble of­fi­cers there.”

The NCRPO’s re­gional public safety bat­tal­ion, a com­bat-trained unit, tem­po­rar­ily re­placed the per­son­nel in Caloocan Po­lice head­quar­ters and seven precincts.

There are about 3,500 po­lice­men in the en­tire Caloocan Po­lice force that will be af­fected by the re­lief or­der, with 1,200 as the ini­tial batch.

More than 200 po­lice­men from po­lice com­mu­nity precincts 2, 4, and 7 packed their be­long­ings and were dis­patched to the NCRPO head­quar­ters at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on Fri­day night.

The 13 Caloocan po­lice­men are fac­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion with the pos­si­bil­ity that they would be per­ma­nently re­moved from the ser­vice.

Al­bay­alde said a sum­mary hear­ing would be held for the po­lice­men, apart from the crim­i­nal charges they will be fac­ing in court.

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