By Kaela Patricia Gabriel


The Palace on Monday reiterated that the Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel associated with the killing of an allegedly armed teenager in Laguna are just 'bad eggs' who "constitute the exception rather than the rule".

Amid the recent PNP controversy regarding the death of 16-year-old Johndy Maglinte, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque assured the public that the PNP will look further into the incident while the policemen who violate the law will be on their own as President Rodrigo Duterte does not tolerate such actions.

"There's 240,000 PNP personnel. Siguro kung mayroong mga bugok, they constitute the exception rather than the rule," Roque said in a press briefing. 

Furthermore, Roque defended the PNP through saying there are 'bad eggs' or rotten members in any organization and the PNP is still "professional" despite the repeated events of killings under the President Rodrigo Duterte's term. 

Asked about the reason why these killings happen despite Duterte's condemnation of the cops' violation of the law, Roque said they will just continue to investigate, prosecute, and punish the violators.

"Definitely, that is not the rule. That is the exception to the rule. Wala po tayong magagawa, sa kahit anong organisasyon may paisa-isang bugok," Roque previously said.

Since 2016, about 18,664 PNP personnel have been sanctioned according to their offenses while the Philippine security forces have recorded 6,177 deaths of suspected drug dealers who allegedly fought back violently against the authorities. 

Recently, PNP Chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar already suggested the dismissal of Police Master Sergeant Hensie Zinampan who shot a 52-year-old woman in Quezon City last month.

Report sources: ABS-CBN News, GMA News