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By Jel Santos and Kate Louise Javier  

Thirteen rookie cops, who allegedly ransacked the house of a businesswoman in Caloocan, were relieved from their post on Thursday night.

Police trainees stand in attention during a formation in front of the Caloocan City Police Headquarters in Sangandaan, Septemeber 15, 2017. Due to consecutive controversies involving Calo0can City Police, wherein the latest was a house raid done by 13 Caoocan PNP operatives, NCRPO Regional Dir Oscar Albayalde saidthat the entire personnel of the Caloocan City Police district will be relieved from their posts. (Mark Balmores)

The policemen involved were identified as Police Officers 1 Ariel Furlo, Marvin Pablete, Sherwin Rivera, Jay Sabatu, Shabang Sampurna, Rene Llanto, Louie Serrano, Jaypee Talay, Ronelio Julaton, Jay-R Sabangan, Jaime Natividad, Michael Miguel and Joey Leaban.

The 51-year-old businesswoman, who asked for anonymity, has complained to the Northern Police District (NPD) about what the 13 cops did to her house in Barangay 188, Tala, Caloocan. She brought with her a closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage showing that cops just barged into her house and took some of her belongings on September 7 around 9 p.m.

On the CCTV video, the cops were seen barging into the gated house by using a volt cutter. They were all armed and were wearing bullet-proof vests.

A child, who was with the cops, was seen taking two watches and a phone. The victim, said the cash amounting to around P30,000 was also missing.

Police Chief Supt. Amando Clifton Empiso, newly installed NPD director, said he has immediately ordered the relief of the 13 policemen of the NPD upon learning the incident.

“The 13 policemen were from NPD. They were just augmentation force. The operation was of Police Community Precinct (PCP-4),” Empiso said Friday.

He said that after the PNP regional director Oscar Albayalde learned about what happened, he has ordered the relief of all the cops assigned in PCP 4.

“After the PNP regional director learned about the incident, he has instructed me to also relieve all the personnel in PCP 4,” he said.

Empiso said the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) would replace the cops in the PCP 4.

He said they have not yet received any formal directive from NCRPO.

Empiso said the cops in Caloocan would all undergo retraining for 45 days in Crame.

The cops who are not involved in the robbery would be reshuffled after the retraining, he said.

Most likely, Empiso revealed, the next PCPs to undergo training would be the ones where controversial incidents transpired — PCP 7 (Kian Loyd Delos Santos case) and PCP 2 (Carl Angelo Arnaiz’ case).

Kian,17, a suspected drug mule, was killed in an alleged shootout in Barangay 160, and yet witnesses claimed that he did not resist arrest.

In Carl’s case, he allegedly resisted arrest that was why cops gunned him down. The 19-year-old former UP student was accused of robbing a cab. But the taxi driver has confessed that he caught the teenager alive and turned over to cops.

Follow-up operation?

The said operation, according to Caloocan police, was a follow-up after an arrested drug suspect pointed the businesswoman as her source of illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, the 51-year-old businesswoman denied the accusation of the drug suspect.

Sr. Supt. Jemar Modequillo, Caloocan police officer-in-charge, said there are lapses in the follow-up operation conducted by the involved cops.

“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 (If we entered a private place, we should be armed with a search warrant. I don’t know why they allowed a civilian to carry a gun and why they brought along a child),” he said

Modequillo also pointed out that it was clear on the footage that the child took some valuables in front of cops, saying how come such was allowed. “May ginalaw talaga silang gamit (They really took some things).”

“May style pa silang pa-susssh, meaning alam niya (he knew),” he said.

He said the operation was “abnormal” and filled with “irregularities.”

He has appealed to the public not to generalize all cops.

 

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