By Joseph Pedrajas

A community police assistance center (COMPAC) built on a sidewalk was demolished by police in Malabon City on Thursday morning.

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NCRPO Dir. Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar leads the demolition of Malabon PCP-4 community police assistance center, which is considered as road obstruction, in Bgy. Tinajeros Thursday morning. (Photo from Joseph Pedrajas / MANILA BULLETIN)

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar led the demolition of Police Community Precinct-4’s (PCP-4’s) COMPAC on M.H. Del Pilar St. in Barangay Tinajeros.

The demolition was in compliance with the recent directive of President Duterte to “reclaim all public roads that are being used for private ends,” Eleazar said.

It was the second demolition to be undertaken by police in Metro Manila. There are 36 police facilities in the metropolis considered to be road obstructions. Thirty of them are police community precincts, and six are COMPACs.

On Tuesday, a police precinct occupying a sidewalk in San Juan City was torn down.

In demolishing a police facility, Eleazar assured that he coordinated first with local government units so as “not to sacrifice the peace and order in the area.”

The officers detailed at the Malabon COMPAC will be temporarily relocated at Tinajeros’ barangay outpost while Barangay Chairman Ryan Geronimo looks for a place where a new assistance center can be built.

Geronimo said he is willing to help the Philippine National Police (PNP) and is considering a private lot on which to set up the new COMPAC

The demolished police facility was built 15 years ago as a barangay outpost. It was then turned into a police assistant desk some five years ago, Eleazar said.

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