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Prelate questions Caloocan survey

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By Leslie Aquino

Caloocan Bishop Pablo David has questioned the result of a survey showing the Caloocan City Police Station as the “most trusted” station in the country.

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David gives a statement on the custody of the witness on Kian's slay case during a press conference at the bishop's residence in Caloocan City on Saturday night. (JAY GANZON)

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David. (JAY GANZON/MANILA BULLETIN)

The prelate even cited the relief of the whole Caloocan City police by National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Oscar Albayalde last September.

“If they were ‘most trusted’ for 2017, then why did General Albayalde sack the whole police force of Caloocan last Sept 2017? Just wondering,” said David in an interview.

The survey results also came on the heels of the killing of three minors allegedly as part of the government’s bloody war on drugs.

“Most trusted by whom? By those who gauge the trustworthiness of the police by the number of drug suspects killed during Tokhang operations?” David asked.

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) survey conducted from October to November 2017 showed the Caloocan City police being the most trusted with an 88.8 percent trust rating.

This comes despite several of its cops facing murder and planting of evidence charges over the killing of three teenagers, namely 14-year-old Reynaldo De Guzman, 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos, and 19-year-old Carl Arnaiz in August of last year.

Still, the vice president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) expressed hope that the results of the survey will serve as inspiration to the new batch of Caloocan cops.

“I am still hoping and praying that the new police force will behave differently, confident that there are enough decent ones among them who will perform their duties according to law and are also concerned about protecting the integrity of the whole police institution,” said David.

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