National police chief Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar ordered on Sunday, Sept, 26, a review of the rules and regulations and the academic policies of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in what he said as a move to strengthen discipline and moral foundation of its cadets following another case of violence that led to the death of a second year cadet.
If there is a need for adjustments, Eleazar said they should all be done in order to remove the culture of hazing and violence among the cadets.
“I have already directed the Director, PNPA PMGen Rhoderick Armamento, and Director, DHRDD (Directorate for Human Resources and Doctrine Development) PBGen Arthur Bisnar, to conduct the necessary review and adjustments on the existing rules, regulations and academic policies to further strengthen the moral foundation of our cadets in the PNPA,” Eleazar said.
This came after Cadet 3rd Class George Carl Magsayo died after being repeatedly punched by his upperclassman, Cadet 2nd Class Steve Ceasar Maingat, reportedly as punishment.
Magsayo was taken to the nearest hospital when he collapsed but was declared dead.
Maingat, on the other hand, is currently under police custody. Criminal charges are expected to be filed against him on Monday, Sept. 27.
“Gusto naming malaman kung saan pa kami nagkulang at gusto din naming maintindihan kung bakit sa kabila ng mahigpit na babala, ay nangyari ulit ito at naging dahilan pa nang pagkamatay ng isang kadete (We want to know what still needs to be done and we also want to understand why it still happened despite our repeated warning,” said Eleazar .
He assured the public, especially the parents of the police cadets, that the PNP will never promote the culture of hazing or any form of action that will inflict harm to the cadets inside the academy.
Eleazar said such a mentality must be addressed since this would be carried on by the cadets once they entered the uniformed service.
PNPA graduates could choose to be with the PNP, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) after their graduation as officers. Most of the graduates, however, prefer to enter the police service.
The PNPA, for its part, assured that it is maintaining a strict “No To Hazing Policy” in adherence to the values of respect for human life and rights which are inculcated among their cadets and personnel.