Caloocan City police chief to keep post

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The chief of police of Caloocan City (Metro Manila) will remain in his post because the mayor of the city still trusts him.

The Caloocan Public Information Office (PIO) on Thursday said Mayor Oscar Malapitan will not replace Senior Supt. Bartolome Bustamante.

Reports circulating in the city said Bustamante would be axed for his failure to curb the drug menace in Caloocan and the proliferation of jueteng (an illegal numbers game) and video karera (race) machines.

The Manila Times tried to get Bustamante’s side but no avail.


A police officer, who refused to identify himself, said the police chief was “busy.”

The PIO headed by Nolan Sison insisted that Caloocan has been described by the Philippine National Police-National Capital Region Police Office (PNP-NCRPO) as one of the most peaceful cities in Metro Manila in 2014 and 2015.

The distinction earned Bustamante the “full trust” of Malapitan, enabling him to remain as Caloocan police chief.

A reshuffle to be effected by incoming PNP chief Supt. Rolando dela Rosa, however, will determine the fate of Bustamante and other police chiefs in the country.

Dela Rosa will assume the police leadership on June 30.

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