MANILA - A police officer has filed an administrative complaint against his superior for allegedly mauling him and several others inside their camp in Tagaytay City, the National Police Commission (Napolcom) said Wednesday.
Napolcom vice chairman Rogelio Casurao said the officer was one of the new recruits allegedly beaten up by Supt. Alex Dimaculangan inside Camp Ferma with a baseball bat, as shown in a video surfaced by a source who preferred to be anonymous for safety reasons.
"It’s all about the infliction of harm and physical injuries on police trainees na kinakatawan ng (who are being represented by the) lone complainant," Casurao said.
He added that the complainant already went through a medical examination with the Napolcom to validate his testimony and the events in the video.
"True to the testimony ng (of the) complainant, may mga (there was a) hematoma, may mga (there were) marks ng (of) infliction of injuries," Casurado said.
The Napolcom official said they have already questioned Dimaculangan, who said he was just trying to instill disciple among his men.
But Casurao emphasized that physical abuse or hazing in any form is prohibited in the Philippine National Police.
"The supreme penalty is dismissal from service. Hindi na puwede ma-employ sa gobyerno. Lahat ng supposed benefits, lahat mafo-forfeit," Casurao said.
(He will be banned from government employment. All his benefits will be forfeited.)
The Napolcom is now waiting for the formal written reply of Dimaculangan, formerly chief of the Cavite police's mobile force. Casurao vowed due process in the resolution of the case.
- report from Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News