Solon urges no mercy for erring PNPA cadets

HEADS must roll at the Philippine National Police Academy for the despicable sexual hazing incident involving three PNPA cadets and two plebes, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said in a statement yesterday.

“I am disgusted by how cruel and unthinking these disgraced cadets have acted. We passed the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018 (RA 11053) precisely to punish without mercy hazing perpetrators like them,” Gatchalian said.

He called on the PNPA administration to ensure that the disgraced cadets are prosecuted under RA 11053 and thrown behind bars for a very long time.

Gatchalian added that the PNPA administration must to more to dismantle the culture of hazing which he described as “well-entrenched in the academy” despite the passage of the anti-hazing law.

“This is not how the future leaders of our national police force should act. It is disgraceful, to say the least,” the senator said.

The PNPA is the main source of future officials of the Philippine National Police.  Aside from the PNP, graduates of the PNPA who are scholars of the government are also source of future officials of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) which are both under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Two plebes of the academy together with their parents filed a complaint against an upperclassman who allegedly forced them to give him an oral sex job.  The identities of the cadets were withheld because of the position of their parents in the PNP and BJMP

Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) director Chief Superintendent Joseph Adnol was relieved from his post while the accused cadet was ordered dismissed from the academy by PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde.