By Jeffrey Damicog
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II warned the public against policemen trying to enter their homes.
The Secretary explained policemen cannot enter houses without any search warrant or permission from the homeowner.
“Strictly speaking, there would be no violation if you allowed them to conduct a search,” he said.
“If you don’t want to let them in, politely decline and tell them you can’t let them in because they don’t have a search warrant,” he advised.
The Secretary reacted to reports that 16 Caloocan City policemen got sacked after they were found to have barged into a house without a warrant and conducted a search.
The homeowner complained there were valuables missing because of the forced entry.
“Know your rights. You cannot enter anyone’s house if you have not secured permission,” said Aguirre.
“Even if the house is left open, you are not allowed,” the Secretary stressed.
Meanwhile, National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) Director Oscar Albayalde has ordered the 1,200 policemen of the Caloocan City Police Station (CPS) relieved and undergo retraining due to the mounting complaints against them, including the questionable deaths of several youths.
The NCRPO chief said the CPS and its seven precincts would be temporarily replaced by the regional public safety battalion, a combat-trained unit.
Albayalde did not say how long it would take for the entire police force in Caloocan to be replaced, but the officers will undergo 45 days of retraining, after which those facing no charges would be reassigned to other stations.
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