Caloocan police force struggling with lack of manpower

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(File photo) With over 200 police officers relieved from their posts following a series of killings and a robbery, the Caloocan City Police is struggling with the lack of manpower.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) — With over 200 police officers relieved from their posts following a series of killings and a robbery, the Caloocan City Police is struggling with the lack of manpower.

Caloocan police chief Jemar Modequillo on Saturday at Station 2, only 30 officers have replaced the160 policemen sacked, while at Station 7, only 10 officers have filled in the posts vacated by the 50 who were relieved.

Modequillo said the National Capital Region Police headquarters has yet to finalize the transfer of additional policemen to the stations needing manpower.

He said they will maintain peace and order in the areas through roving police and continued vigilance.

"Kailangan talaga dito lang paikutin nang paikutin ang mobile cars natin dito. We cannot do otherwise. This is the situation, then we have to act," he said.

[Translation: We need the mobile cars to continue patrolling the areas.]

The Caloocan Police chief added they should not allow their lack of manpower to hinder them from doing their job.

"Hindi naman na pwedeng sabihin na sa isang giyera ba, hindi naman pwede sabihin na tatlo na kang tayo susuko tayo, hindi naman dapat lumaban tayo," Modequillo said.

[Translation: We could not say that in a war, we should give up because there's only three of us. We should still fight.]

Modequillo also clarified only the personnel from Stations 2, 4, and 7 were ordered relieved immediately, with all 1,000 officers of the Caloocan City police following suit.

While he cannot say when the entire relief process will be completed, Modequillo said the rest of the policemen from the other stations will be gradually transferred to Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan for retraining.

Policemen in the three stations are being linked to the consecutive killings of teenagers Kian delos Santos, Carl Angelo Arnaiz and Reynaldo "Kulot" de Guzman.

On Sept. 7, Caloocan City policemen raided the house of a suspected drug personality in Bgy. 188 Tala in Caloocan. CCTV footage showed no one was home during the raid, Modequillo said.

National Capital Regional Police Office Director Oscar Albayalde, who likened the operation to an "akyat bahay" activity, also said the sacked police officers will face criminal and administrative charges.