THE head of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) was ordered relieved from his post over the alleged “oral sex punishment” scandal and hazing of underclassmen by senior cadets, Department of the Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary and Spokesperon Jonathan Malaya said yesterday.
Malaya said that DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo Año ordered the immediate relief of Chief Supt. Joseph Andol for command responsibility.
The order was also to pave way for an impartial investigation into the scandal.
Año directed Philippine Public Safety College President (PPSC) Ricardo De Leon to conduct an investigation into the issue and carry out measures to ensure that no such incident will happen again in the academy.
PNPA is one of the constitutive units of the PPSC.
The PNP has long sought the turnover to it of the PNPA from the PPSC.
“We should not tolerate such scandalous acts in our ranks. The PPSC should act with dispatch to ensure that the true ideals, values, and discipline in the academy will continuously be upheld,” Año said.
The DILG chief also wanted the Philippine National Police to determine the criminal liability of those involved in the scandalous punishment.
Initial reports said that the incident, which happened on October 6 behind the barracks within the academy premises, involved an upperclassman ordering two plebes to perform oral sex as punishment for allegedly committing violations.
Two other senior cadets were allegedly present during the incident but did not lift a finger to stop the punishment. They just watched the alleged sexual act.
The respondent cadets are now being placed in isolation. They could face criminal charges over hazing as well as administrative cases.
On the other hand, the plebes are also filing a separate criminal case against them.
“We should not allow this so-called tradition or culture of violence to continue within the hallowed halls of the PNPA. It is contrary to the ideals of PNPA as the premier institution that produces the future police, fire and jail officers in our country,” Año said.
Last March, the PNPA was also embroiled in a scandal where six graduating upperclassmen were beaten up by 40 PNPA cadets on their graduation day.