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Admin case filed vs cops in Laguna operation where 16-year-old boy died

Jairo Bolledo
Admin case filed vs cops in Laguna operation where 16-year-old boy died

KILLED. 16-year-old Johndy Maglinte was killed by cops in an anti-illegal drug operation in Laguna on June 16, 2021.

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PNP Chief Eleazar says the victim's family also considers filing a criminal complaint

The Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service (PNP IAS) filed an administrative case against the cops involved in an anti-drug operation in Laguna that resulted in the death of a 16-year-old boy and his companion. 

“The IAS has already filed corresponding admin charges. It is being investigated against the 10, and sinama na rin ang section chief ng office na ‘yun (the section chief of that office was also included),” PNP Chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said in a press conference on Monday, June 28. 

Admin case filed vs cops in Laguna operation where 16-year-old boy died

Johndy Maglinte, 16, and his companion, Antonio Dalit, were killed in an anti-drug operation in Biñan City on June 16. His family claims he was dragged to a muddy area, was handcuffed, and then shot by the intelligence operatives of the Laguna police. 

Eleazar said Maglinte’s family is considering filing a homicide complaint against the police. 

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“The Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) or Police Regional Office (PRO) Calabarzon is just waiting for the statement of the witness or the mother of the minor para maging basehan ngayon ng pagpa-file ng criminal case against the police personnel,” Eleazar added.

(The Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) or Police Regional Office (PRO) Calabarzon is just waiting for the statement of the witness or the mother of the minor to be used as basis for the filing of a criminal case against the police personnel)

However, on Dalit’s case, the family decided not to file complaints, said Eleazar.

Admin case filed vs cops in Laguna operation where 16-year-old boy died

On June 23, the PNP identified the cop who allegedly shot dead Maglinte but stressed that there was still no proof that the teenager was executed. The PNP did not name the cop. 

A total of 11 firearms had undergone ballistic examinations, which enabled the PNP to pinpoint the cop. – Rappler.com

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Jairo Bolledo

Jairo Bolledo is a multimedia reporter at Rappler covering the police, crime, military, and security.