Almost 17,000 erring cops penalized during Duterte's term

CALOOCAN CITY, Dec. 24 (PIA) -- From July 2016 to December 16, 2020, at total of at least 16,839 police personnel have been penalized over administrative and criminal offenses, which is contrary to claims by some progressive groups that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has "spoiled" the uniformed service, Malacañang reported on Tuesday.

Citing data from the Philippine National Police (PNP), these cops have been involved in various illegal activities, said Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque in his regular Malacañang media briefing.

Of the total figure, 8,349 were meted suspensions, 4,784 were summarily dismissed from service, while 1,803 were reprimanded, he said.

He also said 890 were demoted in rank, 658 experienced forfeiture of salary, 226 cops were withheld of their privileges, while 129 faced restrictions.

Last Sunday, Police Senior M/Sgt. Jonel Nuezca, Parañaque City police officer, shot dead Sonya Gregorio, 52, and her son Frank Anthony, 25, after an altercation in Paniqui, Tarlac. He turned himself in, but the video quickly went viral and sparked outrage on social media.

No less than President Rodrigo Roa Duterte condemning the “brutal” killing of the mother and son and branded Nuezca as “crazy”, wondering how he even passed the neuropsychiatric examinations.

He also urged the PNP to ensure that Nuezca stays in jail over double murder charges, a non-bailable offense.

Roque reiterated Duterte’s call to raise the standard in neuropsychiatric examinations which were required on police applicants.

“Ang sabi po ni Presidente kagabi dapat siguro paigtingin pa yung neuro examination ng mga pulis. Dahil sa pamamagitan ng test na ito, makikita natin kung sino yung mga bugok. At iwasan na natin makapasok yung mga bugok ,” he said.

Roque insisted that a few bad apples should not taint the PNP’s integrity and reputation.

“Napakalaki ng ating Philippine National Police. By and large respetado po sila dahil talagang buhay ang kanilang kapital sa kanilang trabaho. Huwag naman po natin sila lahatin,” he added.

He said other police officers should be mindful one wrong move could put the entire institution in a bad light.

“It takes only one of you to destroy the reputation and integrity of the institution. Bagamat sinasabi natin sa lahat na nag-iisang bugok lang naman yung pulis na ‘yan, e nakita niyo naman ang epekto,” he said.

“Kinakailangan po mag-ingat sa ating mga pang araw-araw na buhay, maging ehemplo, at ipadala ang mensahe na dito sa bayang ito, dahil tayo po’y kumkilala sa rule of law, ang nagpapatupad ng batas ay siyang susunod sa batas,” he added. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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