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11 Laguna cops face homicide complaint over death of teenage boy

Jairo Bolledo
11 Laguna cops face homicide complaint over death of teenage boy

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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'This is proof that the PNP will not shield its personnel,' says Philippine National Police chief General Guillermo Eleazar

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has filed a homicide complaint against the 11 Laguna cops in the anti-drug operation where 16-year-old Johndy Maglinte was killed.

The PNP Calabarzon Investigation Task Group filed the complaint before the Biñan City Prosecutor’s Office on Monday, July 5. The complaint was based on the complaint-affidavit of Maglinte’s mother.

Those in the complaint are members of the Laguna provincial police Intelligence Branch including their chief, Captain Fernando Credo.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said the filing of the homicide complaint is proof that misbehaving cops would not go unpunished under his watch.

“This is proof that the PNP will not shield its personnel. Kung may akusasyon, imbestigahan at sampahan ng kaso kung kinakailangan. I have repeatedly said that I will not tolerate police abuse in the organization,” Eleazar said. 

(This is proof that the PNP will not shield its personnel. If there’s an accusation, investigate and file complaints if necessary. I have repeatedly said that I will not tolerate police abuse in the organization.)

11 Laguna cops face homicide complaint over death of teenage boy

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

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Twelve days after Maglinte’s death, on June 28, the PNP Internal Affairs Service (PNP IAS) filed an administrative complaint against the cops involved in the operation.

In June, the PNP dismissed from the service Police Master Sergeant Hensie Zinampan, who shot and killed 52-year-old Lilybeth Valdez in Quezon City on May 31. Zinampan faces a murder complaint. – Rappler.com

Jairo Bolledo

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