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Albayalde: Probe killing spree

  • Written by Edd Reyes With Jaemy Glemao
  • Published in Metro
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NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde is not letting alleged vigilante groups to continue their killing spree as he ordered Northern Police District (NPD) acting Director Senior Supt. Roberto Fajardo to investigate the spate of killings in Caloocan City.

Albayalde said they are not closing their eyes in the spate of killings in Caloocan City allegedly perpetrated by the so-called vigilante group as he ordered a thorough investigation of the killing was related to illegal drugs.
Records showed that Caloocan City has recorded an excessive numbers of killings of suspected drug personalities allegedly committed by vigilante groups who are usually on board motorcycles without plate numbers or armed men wearing bonnets and face masks, compared to three other cities of Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela.
Despite the police checkpoints placed in strategic areas, the spate of killings in northern area of Caloocan City continued and no apprehensions were so far recorded by authorities, prompting National Police Commission (Napolcom) Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao to say that policemen may be involved in these incidents.
As this developed, Albayalde issued a directive to the chief of Regional Police Security Battalion (RPSB) to assist the Caloocan City police force in conducting checkpoints in different areas in the city, especially in North Caloocan where the killings by RIT suspects or vigilante groups, happened every night.
For his part, Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan believed that drug suspects were killing each other amid their intensified campaign against illegal drugs but clarified that they are not allowing this to happen since innocent civilians might be killed in the process.