The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Region IV-A has decided to conduct its own investigation into the death of Cadet Third Class George Carl Magsayo, who was allegedly punched repeatedly by an upperclassman in the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA).
Magsayo, based on a police report, collapsed when he was “repeatedly punched” by Cadet 2nd Class Steven Ceasar Maingat while they were inside their dormitory at the PNPA in Silang, Cavite last Sept. 23.
The police report stated that Maingat is now under the custody of the Silang Municipal Police Station.
CHR Spokesperson Jacqueline Ann de Guia said the CHR is “deeply concerned” with what happened to the PNPA cadet.
On top of its probe, De Guia said CHR in Region IV-A will check if preventive measures were undertaken to ensure that such incidents would never happen again inside the PNPA.
“CHR Region IV-A is now conducting an independent probe to ensure justice for Magsayo and to ascertain that preventive measures are taken that will protect young cadets from suffering the same fate,” De Guia said in a statement issued on Monday, Sept. 27.
She said the CHR strongly condemns that “a tragic death happened due to violence within an institution where young people are supposed to build their dreams, acquire skills, and develop their character.”
“This incident glaringly deviates from the values of justice, integrity, and service that the institution espouses,” she stressed.
Meanwhile, De Guia said the commission welcomed the directive of PNP Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar to the PNPA officials to review the current rules, regulations, and academic policies to prevent violence among cadets.
“Considering the past incidents of violence that resulted [in] deaths of young cadets, it is expedient that concrete measures are done to prevent violence and obliterate any culture or tradition that normalizes violence within the academy,” she said.
It is integral that PNPA students imbibe core values that will make them exemplary law enforcers in the future, and with no propensity for violence or abuses, she added.