MANILA- (UPDATE) The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Wednesday it has ordered the relief of the director of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA).
DILG officer-in-charge Eduardo Año ordered that Chief Superintendent Joseph Adnol be relieved of his post after two freshmen claimed that an upperclassman instructed them to perform oral sex at the back of the plebes' barracks last Oct. 6 as punishment for several violations.
Two other upperclassmen allegedly watched while the incident occurred.
Plebes may be punished for violations through squats and push-ups, but not in the form of sexual acts, Adnol earlier said.
Adnol was relieved of his post for command responsibility and to give way for an investigation, DILG Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said.
Philippine Public Safety College President (PPSC) Ricardo De Leon has been tasked by the DILG to probe the incident.
“We should not tolerate such scandalous acts in our ranks. The PPSC should act with dispatch to ensure that the true ideals, values, and discipline in the academy will continuously be upheld,” Año said in a statement.
He added that the PNP would also conduct a separate investigation into the incident to determine criminal liability.
The suspects meanwhile are facing an administrative case and a criminal charge of hazing. They have been placed in isolation at the PNPA, Adnol said.
In March this year, the PNPA also came under fire after some cadets were involved in the mauling of six of their seniors who just graduated in Camp Castañeda, Silang, Cavite.
Investigation showed that six members of the PNP Maragtas Class of 2018 had just graduated and were on their way to their quarters when more than 20 underclassmen attacked them.
They were charged with criminal and administrative cases.