MANILA (UPDATED) -- Three Philippine National Police Academy cadets were recommended dismissed for grave misconduct over a complaint from 2 freshmen who claimed they were forced into oral sex, the head of the school said Monday.
One of the 3 cadets allegedly forced the 2 freshmen to perform oral sex on each other at the back of the PNPA plebes' barracks on Oct. 6 while the 2 other upperclassmen watched, based on the complaint.
The 3 can seek a reversal of the recommendation for their dismissal, PNPA director Chief Superintendent Chiquito Malayo told ABS-CBN News.
Malayo said he ordered all cadets to strictly observe the Anti- Hazing Law and report any violation.
He said he also clarified the PNPA's chain of command and who can punish erring cadets.
Plebes may be punished for violations through squats and push-ups, but not in the form of sexual acts, the PNPA earlier said.
In March, the academy also came under fire after several cadets mauled 6 seniors who just graduated in Camp Castañeda, Silang, Cavite. The underclassmen were charged with criminal and administrative cases.
Malayo said there was no fraternity inside the PNPA.
"As cadets, they are all brothers to each other. Ang irony lang, brother to brother making punishment na unnecessary, maltreatment," he said.
"There was a culture of hazing. Of course the officers of the PNP has agreed to make some moves and measures to prevent and to punish those who will be involved," he added.