By Jel Santos
“Abnormal and filled with irregularities.”
This was how Sr. Supt. Jemar Modequillo, Caloocan police officer-in-charge, described the controversial follow-up operation of cops after seeing the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage.
In the evening of September 7, Caloocan cops allegedly ransacked the house of a 51-year-old businesswoman in Barangay 188, Tala, Caloocan. Little did they know that the house had CCTV cameras.
The businesswoman said her watches, phone, and P30, 000 cash were stolen.
A drug suspect caught by the cops, according to Caloocan police, pointed the businesswoman as her source of illegal drugs.
On the CCTV footage, the cops were seen barging into the gated house using a bolt 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.
Modequillo said the cops were supposed to be armed with a search warrant first. But in this case, they didn’t have one.
“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,” he said
Modequillo also pointed out that it was clear in the footage that the child took some valuables in front of a cop, saying how come that was allowed. “May ginalaw talaga silang gamit.”
“May style pa silang pa-susssh, meaning alam niya,” he said.
It was seen in the video that the a cop was aware the child with them was taking the valuables inside the house.
Meanwhile, Modequillo has appealed to the public not to generalize all cops.
He said many in the police force are still disciplined and are ready to serve and protect.
“Please, I appeal to the public, not to generalize all cops. Many are still true to their oath–to serve and protect,” the Caloocan police chief said.
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