PNPA denies appeal of 3 cadets facing oral sex complaint

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 11 2018 06:56 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) has denied a motion for reconsideration filed by three cadets involved in an oral sex controversy. 

PNPA Director Chief Supt. Jose Chiquito Malayo said the management did not find the appeal of the cadets favorable. 

“That is the result of the evaluation provided by our lawyer here. So it goes through a process. Ang recommendation nila 'yun nga (Their recommendation is), it's for denial of the motion for reconsideration for lack of merit,” Malayo said. 

Malayo said the cadets tagged in the Oct. 6 incident were scheduled to leave PNPA today but that they could still appeal before the Philippine Public Safety College.

“Effective ngayon papalabasin na sila. We need processing for the clear out, 'yung order executory na 'yun. Parang just like in any other court, mag-appeal sila sa higher court or offices pero out na sila unlike nung mag-MR (motion for reconsideration) nandito pa lang,” he said.

(They will be dismissed effective now. We need processing for the clear out, the order is executory. Just like any other court, they can appeal to a higher court or offices but they will be already dismissed unlike if they filed an appeal in this office.)

Malayo said the two alleged victims continued to live a normal life inside PNPA. 

“Balik sa normal (They're back to normal). They are now studying as normal cadets, nag-aaral. Hindi naman sila affected na (They are not affected anymore)," he said.

"Prior to that, mayroon na kasi silang process na ginawa kasama sa investigation so after maimbestigahan 'yung respondents, sila naman ay balik sa normal duty as normal cadets."

(Prior to that, they already underwent a process included in the investigation. After the respondents were investigated, they were back to normal duty as normal cadets.)

Malayo said he has cleared the PNPA from a culture of hazing and has encouraged cadets to report any hazing activity. 

“Mayroong honor system dito (We have an honor system here) that they should live by and if masa-satisfy nila 'yung (they satisfy the) 3, they could enjoy the good traditions of the academy and do away with the hazing,” Malayo said.

"They have already signed 2 documents, 2 covenants and pledges to really do away with hazing. Ganun pinapaobserve natin (That's what we're asking them to observe)."

Malayo said the squad leaders are the authorized persons to discipline the cadets. 

“So ang mangyari d'yan kung may mga (So what will happen there is if there are) offenses, it should only be the squad leader who will institute disciplinary action. If something happens, if it is beyond what is authorized by the rules and regulations, the squad leader will be answerable to the authority in the PNPA,” he said. 

In March, the academy was also rocked by controversy after several cadets mauled 6 seniors who just graduated in Camp Castañeda, Silang, Cavite. The underclassmen were charged with criminal and administrative cases.