DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte is against the proposed transfer of some Davao policemen to Caloocan City after most the policemen in the Manila were relieved, following a series of controversies in the area.
"I am sure that daghan man siguro'y equally qualified and competent didto sa Luzon. Dili na lang siguro nato tandugon ning Davao City because the city is in a very sensitive position because the President lives here (There are many equally qualified and competent in Luzon. Let's not transfer our policemen because we know the city is in a very sensitive position because the President lives here)," she said.
Duterte-Carpio said that it is hard to maintain a strong security if another set of police officers will be assigned here.
"Lisud kaayo to maintain the security and to hold it together kung sige ta ug kambyo-kambyo ug tao nga wala sa oras. So we may suggest to the PNP and their officers nga didto nalang ta magkuha kung asa ang duol, mag-shuffle sila kanang naa sa duol (It is hard to maintain security and hold it together if there is a sudden change of personnel. I suggest that the PNP get personnel near the area)," Duterte-Carpio said.
Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa last Tuesday said in an interview that he will talk with Mayor Duterte-Carpio on his call for the police in Davao Region to volunteer and fill the vacancy in Caloocan City citing the competence and integrity of the police in the city.
"My desire is to prove to the nation that we have the best policemen in Davao City. I've been a Davao police for years at alam ko ang standard ng disiplina and gusto ko i-import ito sa Caloocan. Kailangan natin ng police na matino (And I know the standard of discipline and I want to import it in Caloocan. We need good policemen)," he said.
Dela Rosa said that they are eyeing for the re-training of the relieved officers and then after the retraining these officers will be deployed to other units.
"Kailangan natin ng ipuli didto. Not all of them are bad, nadamay lang 'tong uban, pero naa man gyud 'tay nakita nga dili maayo nga binuhatan. It has to be addressed, dili pwede pabayaan nato diha (We need replacements. Not all of them are bad, some were just drawn into the mess, but we really saw that they did something wrong. It has to be addressed, we cannot just allow things to be like that)," he said.
The relief of police personnel in Caloocan City was triggered by the killings of teenagers during anti-drug operations and an illegitimate operation where they allegedly broke into and robbed a civilian house.
He said there is an ongoing validation there in the area whether the recent police activities were a form of sabotage against the Duterte Administration.
"Why Caloocan? Again and again? There seems to be a pattern. They are saying that there is a pattern and we will look into it. It is difficult to jump into hasty conclusions we really need to establish that," Dela Rosa told the reporters.
Duterte-Carpio said aside from her expressed objection on the proposed transfer of police officers, she also wanted to talk with dela Rosa to address the issue of transparency and reporting of police operations to clear the name of the government on the alleged extrajudicial killings.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on September 21, 2017.
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