By Jel Santos
Mayor Oscar Malapitan said he supports the decision of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to change the policemen in Caloocan City, saying rogue cops must be weeded out.
NCRPO regional director Oscar Albayalde has ordered the relief of all policemen of Caloocan on Friday. There are around 1,200 cops in Caloocan. Reports said they would all undergo retraining in Crame.
On Thursday, 13 rookie cops, who allegedly ransacked the house of a businesswoman in Barangay 188, Tala, Caloocan, were relieved from their post. The businesswoman used a closed-circuit television footage in her complaint against the cops.
“Suportado natin ang desisyon ng National Capital Region Police Office na palitan lahat ng pulis sa Lungsod ng Caloocan. Marami pa ring matinong pulis-Caloocan, subalit kailangang magkaroon ng drastikong pagkilos para maalis ang mga bugok na sumira sa pangalan ng Caloocan (We support the decision of the National Capital Region Police Office to change the entire police force of Caloocan City. There are many more good Caloocan policemen, but we need drastic measures to weed out the rogue cops who destroy the good name of Caloocan),” Malapitan said in a press statement.
The mayor stressed that the cops in his city did not experience lack of support, saying that it is very painful that some scalawag cops destroy the good name of Caloocan.
“Bilang alkalde, kailanman ay hindi tayo nagkulang sa pagsuporta sa lahat ng pangangailangan ng pulis mula sa mga bagong sasakyan, bagong gusali ng mga presinto hanggang sa kanilang mga personal na allowance (As mayor, I did not lack in supporting what the cops needed, from the new vehicles, to new building of the precincts up to their personal allowances) ,” he said.
“Masakit sa akin na makitang binaboy ng ilang mga tiwaling pulis ang ating lungsod na pinagsikapan nating ayusin at paunlarin (It pains me to see a few corrupt policemen tarnish the image of our city that we try to improve and develop),” he added.
Malapitan also promised that he would not tolerate the abuses of policemen.
Caloocan police has been recently in hot water for the death of minors.
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