PNP to focus on internal cleansing; first up, Caloocan cops

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 16 2017 09:28 PM

An apparent victim of summary execution lies on the pavement at the back of the PhilPost Corporation main office in Lawton, Manila on August 18, 2017. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Now that its role in the "war on drugs" is over, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is focusing on internal cleansing, a police official told ABS-CBN News.

The PNP-Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) will conduct a special inspection and performance audit in National Capital Region (NCR), Central Luzon, and Southern Tagalog region where cases of "homicide under investigation" are high, especially those killed by assailants riding-in-tandem, PNP-IAS Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo said. 

The PNP-IAS will find out if these regions were able to follow through on these homicide cases. 

In NCR, the PNP-IAS will first audit Caloocan Police.

“Uunahin po namin ang Caloocan dahil doon po ang masyadong maraming irregularities. Titingnan namin kung sila ba ay nag-imbestiga sa mga patayan sa kanilang lugar. Titingnan namin kung ilan ba talaga ang namatay sa riding-in-tandem at ilan ang kaso ng patay ng hindi sa droga. Ipo-profile namin sino yung biktima. At kung may nahuli silang suspek, i-profile namin kung sino ang suspek,” Triambulo said.

The PNP-IAS is investigating who is behind these killings, following allegations that policemen were involved. 

“Kase may issue din na binabato sa ating gobyerno na yung pumapatay daw dyan ay mga otoridad din. Titingnan din natin kung ilan ang pinatay diyan ng vigilantes. Yung mga nilalagyan ng mga karatula, ilan po yung riding-in-tandem, kung nahuhuli natin, alamin natin kung sino ang mga vigilantes. Kung may nahuli sila, at kung sino itong riding in tandem, ipoprofile natin para mabigyan ng linaw,” Triambulo said.

Once PNP-IAS is able to prove that police stations did not act on homicide cases under investigation, chiefs, district, regional and provincial directors may face serious neglect of duty complaints.