49 Caloocan cops fail boot camp after missing drug test

MANILA, Philippines – Out of 1,076 Caloocan City police who had undergone retraining and reorientation, 49 failed after missing their drug test, Metro Manila police chief Director Oscar Albayalde announced on Monday, December 4.

"972 pumasa. Bumagsak is 104... 49 [of those who failed] did not undergo [a] drug test...Hindi sila nag-positive ha, hindi sila nag-report for drug test," Albayalde told reporters after the cops' graduation ceremony at the Camp Crame grandstand in Quezon City.

(972 passed, 104 failed. 49 of those who failed did not undergo a drug test. They did not test positive, rather they did not report for the drug test.)

This comes after the Caloocan City police underwent a months-long suspension prompted by controversies that tainted their reputation. They went from being the best in Metro Manila to one of the most controversial in the country. (READ: Caloocan police awarded best in Metro Manila same week Kian, Carl killed)

Pressed on why some cops were no-shows during the drug test, Albayalde said they have yet to start their "investigation" into the matter. Some may have just been unable to attend accidentally, he said, as the test was not announced.

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The rest of the 104 failed because of their disappointing performance during the month-long training in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

Albayalde said that at the end of the training, they found 32 to be "unfit to continue" in the police force, and that 29 were advised to be reassigned outside Metro Manila.

Two cops did not show up at all for the boot camp, and will be considered relieved from their ranks, he said.

As for the 972 who passed the training, they still need to wait a little longer for them to go back.

They are not assured of a post back in Caloocan City, Albayalde said, as they have yet to undergo a "vetting process" based on their performance during the training.

He said he hopes to have all the passers reassigned by Friday, December 8. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.