Palace says almost 17K policemen reprimanded since July 2016

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A total of 16,839 police personnel have been penalized over administrative and criminal offenses from July 2016 to December 16, 2020, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

The Palace released the data amid public outrage over a policeman murdering a mother and his son in Paniqui, Tarlac over the weekend, as the brutal act was caught in CCTV and making rounds in social media.

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

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

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 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.

President Rodrigo Duterte condemned 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.

“The President said last night that there may be a need to intensify neuro examinations of police. Because it is through this test where we will find out who’s rotten. And we can prevent rotten cops from joining the police force,” he said in a Palace press briefing in Filipino.

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

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