By Francis Wakefield
The chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Friday said the whole of the Caloocan City Police Station will be sacked or relieved in view of the numerous controversies hounding the police station.
NCRPO chief Police Director Oscar Albayalde, however, clarified that the members of the Caloocan City Police Station will be relieved by batches.
He also clarified that the officer-in-charge of the Caloocan City Police, Senior Supt. Jemar Modequillo, will be retained from his post considering that he just assumed command several weeks ago.
“Kakaupo lang niya sa positiion (He just assumed the post). We want to give him the benefit of the doubt at mukhang hindi naman siya (he seems to be not) involved in any wrongdoing,” Albayalde said.
Albayalde said the first to be relieved are police officers and personnel assigned at the substations or the police community precincts (PCPs) 2, 4, 7.
He said he cannot immediately relieve the whole Caloocan City Police due to their ongoing preparations for the ASEAN 2017.
“Yes, their relief will be done via batches. Nauna o mauuna na iyung substations 2, 4 and 7. Eventually we will reshuffle the whole of the Caloocan City Police,” Albayalde said.
The NCRPO chief said those who will be relieved will be temporarily replaced by personnel coming from the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) of the NCRPO and District Safety Battalion (DPSB) of the Northern Police District (NPD).
“Hindi namin ma-relieve kagad ang buong (We cannot immediately relieve the whole) Caloocan City Police dahil sa (because of our) deployment natin (in the) ASEAN. We cannot immediately pull out our personnel there because they are securing the event. Hindi natin pwede pabayaan ang security doon (We have to take care of the security there),” Albayalde said.
Albayalde said the relief of police personnel and possible reshuffle of officers of the Caloocan City Police was a direct result of the recent controversies hounding them, especially on their reported involvement in extra-judicial killings (EJKs).
He added that the CCTV video showing members of the NPD’s DPSB allegedly taking valuables from a house following a reported drug raid forced them to take action.
“Actually this is being planned for a while already kaya lang lumabas din yung video (unfortunately the video came out). There is also the alleged killings involving that of Kian and Karl and other EJKs,” Albayalde said.
“Except for the station commander, pinag-aaralan din namin or there is a strong possibility that the other officers will also be reshuffled,” Albayalde said.
Albayalde said the relieved police officers and personnel will undergo an almost two-month reorientation and retraining.
He said after the training, the policemen will be reassigned to other police units/districts and will no longer return to the Caloocan City Police.
The Caloocan City police force has more than 1,000 members in its fold.
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