THE Davao City Police Office (DCPO) welcomes the proposal of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa to transfer some Davao policemen to Caloocan City after most of its cops there were relieved following a series of controversies in their police operations.
DCPO spokesperson Police Senior Inspector Ma. Teresita Gaspan told reporters on Tuesday, September 19, that they will abide by the order that will be relayed to their office from the main headquarters requesting Davao police to be assigned in Luzon.
She, however, said they have not yet received any directive regarding the PNP chief's statement during the Police Regional Office-Davao 116th Police Service Anniversary at Camp Catitipan on Monday, September 18, where he expressed his intention to replace over 1,000 cops of Caloocan City who are undergoing retraining and reorientation with police from Davao Region.
Dela Rosa asked the police in Davao Region to volunteer and fill the vacancy in Caloocan City as he cited the competence and integrity of the police here.
"Proposal ra man to sa atoang chief PNP nga mukuha siya diri pero wala pa tay order, pero kung unsa man ang order (That is only a proposal from the chief PNP and we have no order yet but if there is), we are willing to be assigned," Gaspan said.
She added that, since they took their oath, they have already anticipated the possibility of being assigned in any place in the country and they will follow the order.
The relief of police personnel in Caloocan City was triggered by the killings of teenagers during the anti-drug operations and illegitimate operation where they allegedly broke in and robbed a civilian house.
"The chief PNP was formerly the city director of DCPO, he also served as the provincial director of two provinces of Davao Region. Mataas ang trust and confidence niya sa mga police natin sa Region 11 and standard niya in terms of performance," she added.
Gaspan also noted that the well-disciplined attitude and good performance of the cops in the city and in the region are factors why the chief PNP wanted the cops here to be assigned in Caloocan City.
Meanwhile, she also said that during the police operations, they are guided with police operational procedure and they have been reminding police officers to uphold human rights.
In dealing with the minors, she said that they rescue them instead and allow the social workers from the Davao City Social Service Development Office (CSSDO) to intervene under the Juvenile Justice Act.
PNP spokesperson Dionardo Carlos said Tuesday that PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosa's "trust and confidence" to the Davao City policemen could be the reason why he wanted them to be assigned to Caloocan City Police Office (CCPO).
"Alam niya kung paano sila magtrabaho (he knows how they work)," he said.
During his visit at the Davao City Police Office headquarters in Camp Quintin Merecido last Monday, Dela Rosa told the Davao policemen that he badly needs their help in addressing the situation in Caloocan City.
On Friday, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Oscar Albayalde ordered the relief of all the cops assigned at the CCPO following the death of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos and 19-year-old Carl Angelo Arnaiz and the robbery of a residential house by policemen.
Delos Santos was killed in an incident Caloocan police claims to be a shootout but witnesses said there was no encounter between the cops and the teenager and that he was intentionally killed while kneeling down.
Arnaiz, on the other hand, was killed after reportedly trying to fire at the cops who was trying to arrest him over a robbery complaint of a taxi driver.
However, based on the account of the taxi driver, he brought Arnaiz to the police station alive and that his killing which is based on the claim of the policemen might be scripted.
Another witness also said he saw Arnaiz alighting from a police mobile in the area where he was found dead.
Carlos said they are still waiting for orders from the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM) regarding the assignment of the Davao policemen to Caloocan.
"I don't think 'yung entire (Davao) PNP. 'Yung magbuo lang ng core group that can perform the duties in Caloocan," he said. (With SunStar Philippines)
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on September 20, 2017.
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