Five cadets are facing administrative and criminal charges and could be dismissed for their alleged involvement in a hazing incident in the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), its spokesman bared on Monday.
“Said identified cadets will be directed to explain within 24 hours before a formal administrative charge be filed against them,” PNPA spokesman Lt. Col. Byron Allatog said in a statement.
From the initial number of two suspects, three new names were included in the alleged hazing of Cdt. 4th Class John Desiderio.
The PNPA, however, have yet to release the names of the cadets as investigation is ongoing.
Allatog said hospital investigators had received Desiderio’s complaint.
“They (five cadets) will now be under isolation pending resolution of their case,” Allatog added.
Also, the PNPA spokesman said the investigators of Silang Municipal Police Station went to the East Avenue Medical Center to assist Desiderio in his statement for the filing of criminal charges against the five cadets.
PNP Acting Chief Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa said such incident was an “isolated case,“ assuring measures were being implemented inside the academy
“Agad ni-restrict ‘yung mga (Thy were immediately restricted, those) involved, including ‘yung mga (those) directly involved like the squad leader, platoon leader, were also stripped off of their authority to oversee and supervise the plebes,” Gamboa explained.
The PNP officer in charge said the five cadets involved in the hazing might be dismissed.
Gamboa said Desiderio would go back on duty as he was already discharged from the hospital.
Last week, Desiderio was rushed to the PNP Hospital after feeling stomach pains due to alleged maltreatment from upper-class cadets.
He was then transferred to East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City.
“We will get to the bottom of this and because may nangyaring ganun (something like this happened) and indeed it is maltreatment, we will see to it,” Gamboa said in a press briefing.
Formerly under Philippine Public Safety College, the PNPA was transferred to the PNP just this September.
“So, kung bad start tayo (If we have a bad start) then let it start that way, but we will do our best na hindi na mangyari ito ulit (to stop this from happening again),” Gamboa said.
“Bigyan n’yo naman ng chance ang (Give PNP a chance). We are still on the transition. As a matter of fact, the turnover is not yet complete, but nevertheless we do not escape from that responsibility,” he added.
In 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte said he wanted to place PNPA under the PNP for discipline.
With the transfer, PNP now has full administrative and operational supervision and control over the PNPA that is envisioned “to effectively address current dysfunctions and reforms and innovations in the police training programs.”
“In short, we now cover everything that makes a complete police officer, from recruitment to retirement,” PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said in a statement.
Gamboa said like the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), the PNPA was also waging war against hazing.
PMA Cdt. 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio died in September as a result of hazing from upper-class cadets over missing shoes.