CALOOCAN CITY, Philippines — The policemen who replaced the relieved Caloocan cops allegedly involved in various controversies, began their first day at work on Monday.
They admit having difficulty since they are not familiar with the area.
Using his own motorcyle from his home in Marikina City, PO1 Marlon Ace Yalo went to work early to attend the flag raising ceremony at Caloocan City Police Station.
He is one of the policemen chosen to transfer to the city after the relief of more than 1,000 Caloocan cops.
“It’s a huge challenge because we are not familiar with the area. And since we are new, we do not know yet what to do. We have to be guided first,” PO1 Yalo said.
Currently, more than 600 cops have transferred to Caloocan City. That number is far from the more than a thousand needed for the vacant posts left by the sacked cops.
Many of the newly transferred are rookie policemen like PO1 Marlon Yalo.
But Caloocan City Chief of Police PS/Supt Jemar Modequillo is confident that the newly assigned cops can easily adjust.
“They have what they call a checklist form, so that when they receive a call, ‘Patrol 101, respond immediately there is a murder incident,’ they will just look at the list and check what they need to bring when there’s a killing, and they would see ‘Oh, we need to bring a police line,’ as a guide,” Modequillo said.
The Philippine National Police (PNP), meanwhile, assured to conduct background check on those who voluntarily seek to be reassigned to Caloocan City.
“What we are carefully looking at is when “ninja” (rogue) cops from Mindanao seek to be transferred there. Definitely we will not do that because they are being monitored,” PNP PIO PC/Supt Dionardo Carlos said.
The newly transferred policemen vowed to do all they can not to tarnish the image of the Caloocan police, so that it can regain its title as the best city police station in the entire country next year. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue