Caloocan City cops being disciplined.
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President Duterte and his administration are single-minded in their determination to root out all evil practices in Filipino society. Much fanfare accompanied the election of Rodrigo Duterte to the post of President of the Philippines.
All the patriotic have-nots went hoarse yelling for Duterte proclaiming him as the savior that they waited for. They were sure that they had discovered the Moses who would deliver their motherland from all ills.
But, they forgot to look within.
In their euphoria, they forgot to take into account their own inherent weaknesses. They forgot that they had fallen prey to the materialistic needs that only money could provide.
They wanted Duterte to cleanse public life forgetting that the ills were not the handiwork of outsiders. Illegal transactions need the connivance of locals.
While Duterte faced the flak from all over the world, powerful citizens continued their nefarious activities unhindered.
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It was not just that locals did not know; they also protected their own. The police force wields the maximum power and controls. All the shady deals are within their purview.
Therefore, it is very easy to get involved; moreover, money and power lure a person immensely.
Hence, it was not surprising that incidents like the recent ones exposed the lawlessness that still exists.
Earlier today, the chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) announced that he had ordered the whole police force in Caloocan City to be relieved.
Even the Director of NCRPO, Oscar Albayalde confirmed that this news was authentic. However, he clarified that initially, personnel from substations 2, 4, and 7 would be relieved. This would continue till all were relieved.
The instructions were to re-induct the personnel after a bout of refresher training was imparted. Moreover, the sacked personnel will not return to Caloocan City; they will go to Metro Manila, he stated.
This is the first instance that the administration has acted against the police force of a whole city. It is a signal that the government will not allow things to go out of control, Albayalde said.
A string of shocking human rights violations occurred in Caloocan City in the recent days.
Police killed two teenagers in dubious circumstances; and, policemen raided a house without any warrant. The public are outraged that law and order had failed.
Callamard’s false accusations had come true. But, this action is to rein in the PNP from getting out of hand. The blame is falling on Duterte’s war on illegal drugs.
Detractors of the present government wait for such chances to malign the war on drugs, Albayalde said.
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Written for: Lars-Magnus Carlsson.
Friday, September 15, 2017