MALACANANG expressed belief on Friday that the alleged involvement of some policemen in illegal sale of firearms to communist New People's Army (NPA) was not sanctioned by the institution.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said those allegedly involved in the wrongdoings would undergo correct process to determine their guilt as well as the punishment.

Asked if the administration would also check if similar illegal activity also happens at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), she said in a media briefing, "The AFP is always open to investigating issues like this one because, as they have — as they continue to strive to improve 'yung professionalism, 'yung institution nila, they do not want issues like this hounding them so they act very quickly on it."

"And if I may have this opportunity to say that every time, let's say a police officer or a soldier is faced with criminal charges, of course, that is not sanctioned by the institution. Kumbaga, siguro doon sa ordinaryong pag-uusap natin, sariling lakad nila 'yon at hindi 'yon tino-tolerate nung kanilang institusyon," Valte said.

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has said that over 1,000 high-powered firearms amounting to about P52 million have been allegedly sold to the Maoist group since 2011 by some 19 senior police officials.

Charges would be filed against them. (SDR/Sunnex)