NCRPO to replace all Caloocan City police

CALOOCAN COPS. (Left to right) Police Officer 1 Jeremias Pereda, Police Officer 1 Jerwin Cruz, and Police Officer 3 Arnel Oares attend the Senate probe into the killing of Kian delos Santos on August 24, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CALOOCAN COPS. (Left to right) Police Officer 1 Jeremias Pereda, Police Officer 1 Jerwin Cruz, and Police Officer 3 Arnel Oares attend the Senate probe into the killing of Kian delos Santos on August 24, 2017.

File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The entire Caloocan City police force will be replaced.

This was announced by Philippine National Police (PNP) National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Oscar Albayalde on Friday, September 15.

"Ito ay isang preemptive measure para maiwasan ang mga nangyari n'ong mga nakalipas na araw," Albayalde said in a dzBB radio interview. (This is a preemptive measure to prevent what has happened in the past few days.)

Albayalde was referring to the string of suspicious killings associated with the city police station, marked by the high-profile deaths of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos and 19-year-old Carl Arnaiz.

First to be relieved are policemen from Caloocan Police Community Precincts (PCPs) 7 and 2. The former was involved in the killing of Delos Santos, while the latter was linked to the killing of Arnaiz. (READ: Kian and Carl: What the deaths of two boys have in common)

Also sacked were cops from the Northern Police District (NPD) Caloocan PCP 4.

"'Yang tatlong station na 'yun ay uunahin ngunit ang tinitingnan natin ay lahat ng personnel ng Caloocan ay papalitan natin at mag-u-undergo ng training," Albayalde said. (The 3 will go first, but we are looking at replacing all Caloocan police, with all undergoing training.)

Temporarily replacing them will be the Metro Manila Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) personnel, officers under Albayalde's office.

"Maglalagay tayo ng responsible officers 'no, at sila ang bahala sa officers doon, titingin ng peace and order doon (We will assign responsible officers, and it will be up to them to assign other officers to oversee peace and order there)," Albayalde added.

This comes as a major blow to the city police as just a month before, they were recognized for being "the best in Metro Manila." (READ: Caloocan police awarded best in Metro Manila same week Kian, Carl killed)

A few killings later, with their top officials replaced, they're now at the bottom. – 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.

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