(OCTOBER 24, 2018) – The PNP on Wednesday insisted that the alleged sexual misdemeanor of three Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) cadets against two freshmen, was only an isolated case and not part of the culture within the institution.
PNP Spokesperson Chief Supt. Benigno Durana, Jr. said the involved cadets are now being investigated after two plebes claimed that one of the upperclassmen demanded them to perform oral sex last Oct. 6 as punishment for several violations.
“I think this has to be emphasized that what happened, the sexual assault allegedly perpetrated by the upperclassmen, is a fluke. This is an outlier. We believe that this does not reflect the culture within PNPA,” Durana said in an interview with One News’ Agenda.
He also assured that the erring cadets are now being probed and sanctions would be given as soon as the investigation is completed.
“The PNP encouraged the two victims to file cases against these upperclassmen, and I’m sure right now there’s an ongoing investigation to find out if there are some administrative lapses committed,” Durana added.
In a press briefing on Tuesday, PNP Chief P/Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde floated the possibility of a lack of proper discipline and leadership training among PNPA cadets.
“Sa tingin ko, there is a room for improvement talaga rito. Kailangan talagang ma-improve ‘yung level of education, discipline, and leadership,” he told reporters. “Kaya namin pinipilit na ma-transfer sa PNP para makita natin kung ano talaga ang pagkukulang at kung anong quality ng officers dapat ang meron tayo.”
In August, the Senate approved on third and final reading a measure that seeks to transfer the training of all police personnel under the control and supervision of the PNP.
According to the bill, the training of police recruits, which is currently facilitated by the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) along with PNPA officials and the National Police Training Institute, would be assigned to the PNP.