NCRPO Chief 'hopeful' 30-day police retraining will produce better officers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 3) — Metro Manila Police Chief Oscar Albayalde said Monday he is "hopeful" the 30-day retraining of over 1,000 former Caloocan City Police force will make them better police.

"We are very hopeful that after 30 days they will be reformed or transformed into a better police officer," he said on CNN Philippines' News Night.

Over a thousand former Caloocan police will undergo a 30-day reorientation after being relieved from their posts. Their training will include values and ethics formation, Albayalde said.

The entire Caloocan police is up for retraining following recent reports of alleged abuses and violations by some of its members.

These include a series of incidents linking its men to the killings in August of teenagers Kian delos Santos, Carl Angelo Arnaiz, and Reynaldo "Kulot" de Guzman, as well as an alleged robbery by the police that was caught on videotape.

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Albayalde said those involved in the killings of Carl, Reynaldo, and Kian will not be included in the retraining.

"With regard to those under restrictive custody, hindi sila kasama sa retraining natin [They're not included in our retraining]. They are still under restrictive custody," Albayalde said.

He added that the retraining will assist the Philippine National Police (PNP) in finding out the extent of the Caloocan police's problem.

"We also wanted to know how deep is this problem, if it has been culture doon sa Caloocan. Kung talagang ito ay ay malalim na or what they call kalakaran na sa Caloocan [If the problem is really deep, or if it has become common practice in Caloocan]," he said.

Albayalde said the retraining of the police force did not mean all of its officers were bad officers.

"We all know for the fact that all these personnel, yung mga mangilan-ngilan lang sa kanila [only a few of them] were really actually doing bad things, and of course majority of them are still good police officers."

Dring the reorientation's opening ceremony on Monday, PNP Chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa said he remains proud of the Caloocan Police.

"I am still very proud of my men. Of what they have done to Caloocan. Kahit na sabihin ninyo na yung mga tao ko ay mga t******** [Even if you say my people are shameless]! I'm still very proud of them." he said.