MANILA (2nd UPDATE) —President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he has decided to dismiss three Philippine National Police Academy cadets involved in an oral sex scandal.
The President said the incident involving three PNPA cadets punishing underclassmen with indecent acts was dehumanizing and should never be tolerated.
“I’m warning you, I will never tolerate that kind, ‘yung hazing. Pinakain nila ‘yung ari nila doon sa.. they will be dismissed, I will dismiss them. I have no place for people [like that],” Duterte said in a post-typhoon briefing in Cauayan, Isabela.
Duterte said he could empathize with the hazing victims as he himself underwent hazing as a law student.
“Ako, dumaan ako ng hazing, I endured pain. I was hospitalized,” he said.
“Itong hazing na pakinin mo ang tao puro kayo lalaki, you will go out of the academy almost robbed of humanity.”
He said hazing should not be condoned as this produces soldiers and policemen “who go out of the academy with trauma.”
“I don’t need that kind of s**t. Aya ko ang mga pulis ko pati sundalo na dehumanized,” he said.
“If that reaches my desk, it is dismissal. Period.”
Interior department officer-in-charge Eduardo Año earlier ordered Chief Supt. Joseph Adnol to 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 on October 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.
In March, 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.