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Bye, bye scalawags! Palace won’t tolerate Caloocan cops

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Even President Rodrigo Duterte, who is a known defender of cops, will not save the Caloocan policemen from being relieved from post.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Sunday that the relief of the entire Caloocan police force shows the “firm commitment” of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to clean up its ranks.

“The official relief of the Caloocan City Police Station personnel over the weekend and their retraining, which will start tomorrow, demonstrate the firm commitment of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to continuously cleanse its ranks of misfits and scalawags and maintain the integrity of the organization,” said Abella.

“The PNP leadership’s effort to instill discipline and promote character-building while enhancing the performance of personnel and units would be relentless,” he added.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Oscar Albayalde relieved all Caloocan policemen following complaints of alleged involvement in illegal activities including the killings of minors Kian delos Santos and Carl Angelo Arnaiz. They were also accused of conducting an illegal raid, stealing valuables from a private house in Caloocan.

About 1,000 Caloocan cops have already been replaced by policemen coming from nearby cities such as Valenzuela, Navotas and Malabon, and the Regional Public Safety Battalion of the NCRPO.