PMA chief wants plebes to report 'hazing'
MANILA, Philippines - Incoming Philippine Military Academy (PMA) freshmen or "plebes" should report all "hazing" or incidents of maltreatment, PMA superintendent Maj. Gen. Nonato Peralta Jr. said on Wednesday.
He said PMA has a "no-hazing policy."
Peralta was scheduled to meet 104 incoming PMA plebes at the AFP Medical Center in Quezon City on Wednesday before heading to Baguio City.
The PMA chief will also meet with the incoming plebes' parents to discuss the military institution's no-hazing policy.
"In case maltreatment happens to their sons or daughters, they are encouraged to file a criminal case against the perpetrators in a civilian court," Peralta said.
"The meeting of the parents of the incoming plebes is an integral part of the indoctrination of the plebes into the military life inside the academy. It is also vitally aimed at asserting the PMA's resolve and commitment to ensure that the excesses of the past are no longer tolerated by the institution," he added.
Armed Forces Civil Relations Service chief Brig. Gen. Roland Tenefrancia echoed Peralta's statement.
"The incoming plebes and their parents as early as now should be informed that they will be entering an academic institution that teaches and trains future military leaders of the country and does not tolerate any form of violence in order to educate the students," he said.
The incoming plebes will be welcomed at the PMA with a reception on Sunday before they enter a 2-month "beast barracks" period that will serve as their orientation to military service.
They will officially become PMA cadets after the "beast barracks" period.