Caloocan gets new police chief amid controversial cases

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Caloocan gets new police chief amid controversial cases
(3rd UPDATE) Senior Superintendent Jemar Modequillo takes the helm as Caloocan City police face outrage over the recent deaths of two teenagers at the hands of cops

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Senior Superintendent Jemar Modequillo was appointed as the new chief of the Caloocan City police, replacing Chief Inspector Ilustre Mendoza who held the post in an acting capacity.

Mendoza had been named acting chief after Senior Superintendent Chito Bersaluna was sacked following the controversial death of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos in a police operation on August 16.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Oscar Albayalde confirmed Modequillo’s appointment in a text message to Rappler on Monday, September 4.

Modequillo takes the helm as Caloocan City police face outrage over Delos Santos’ death, as well as the death of another teenager, Carl Arnaiz.

Arnaiz was a 19-year-old former University of the Philippines Diliman student who was killed by cops after he supposedly robbed a taxi driver on August 18.

He was only found in a morgue by his parents on August 28, with a backpack containing suspected shabu, and marijuana inside his pockets. (READ: Aguirre orders probe into teen’s death in Caloocan police ‘shootout’)

Earlier on Monday, Albayalde ordered the administrative relief of the two cops involved in Arnaiz’s killing: PO1 Jefrey Perez and PO1 Ricky Arquilita. (READ: Carl Arnaiz handcuffed, beaten up, killed – PAO autopsy–

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that Mendoza was facing an internal investigation over Arnaiz’s death. Mendoza is not under investigation. Our apologies for the error.

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.