MANILA - Metro Manila's police commander on Wednesday explained the award given to Caloocan police just days after the killing of 17-year-old drug suspect Kian delos Santos in the city.
Caloocan was not the only recipient of the "Best City Police Station" honor and it was not solely for its accomplishments in the government's war on drugs, said Director Oscar Albayalde, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office.
Albayalde was asked about the award in an interview on DZMM, after it was first reported on The Standard newspaper on Wednesday.
Delos Santos, whom police tagged as a drug courier, was killed in an alleged shootout last August 16. Witnesses however said the Grade 12 student was mauled by officers, given a gun and told to run for his life.
"Totoo pong nakatanggap pero hindi lang po siya. Marami pong police station na nakakuha ng Best Performing City Police Office, hindi lang po ang Caloocan," Albayalde told DZMM.
(It's true that they got an award, but they were not alone. Many other police stations got the Best Performing City Police Office, not just Caloocan.)
The award is given to stations and personnel "who contributed greatly to the success of the regional police," according to the NCRPO website.
The website also said that the Caloocan police bagged awards for "the Highest Accomplishment in Project Double Barrel/Barrel Alpha, Highest Number of Arrested/Neutralized Top Most Wanted Person/High Valued Target and Most Number of Firearms Confiscated CY 2016."
Caloocan officers tagged in Delos Santos' killing have since been relieved from their posts and charged with murder. They are also facing separate investigations by the Senate, Department of Justice, National Police Commission and the Office of the Ombudsman.