By Rose Anne Dela Cruz / Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK
THE culture of violence and revenge among the cadets of the Philippine National Police Academy must end.
This according to PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa after learning of the mauling inside the academy grounds of the six newly graduate police inspectors by their underclassmen. He said the culture that led to the incident must stop to prevent similar occurrences from happening.
“Dapat matigil na ang karahasan at gantihan,” Dela Rosa said.
Dela Rosa was referring to an incident last Wednesday inside the PNPA campus when 41 underclass cadets mauled six of their seniors after graduation rites in an apparent revenge for the alleged previous manhandling they suffered.
PNPA Director Chief Superintendent Joseph Adnol said the upperclassmen were beaten near the academy billets inside the PNPA campus at Camp Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite.
Adnol, in a belated report, said the incident happened between 4 and 5 pm. while the new officers, who belonged to the Maragtas Class, were coming back to the academy lodgings after attending the graduation rites. He said the mauling victims, who he refused to identify, suffered lacerations and contusions, and are now in an undisclosed hospital.
“Kasi ‘di ba graduation, they were having procession with their parents ‘di ba. Tinaymingan na ma-separate sila, hinintay sila doon malapit sa barracks,” Adnol narrated.
Adnol said the academy has to consider this isolated case a mauling incident because arnis and stones were used by the perpetrators of the incident. Except for admitting that the officers’ attackers are underclassmen, the academy director also refused to name them.
Adnol said the incident apparently was brought about by old grudges arising from the “corrections” made by the members of the upper class over the protocol violations by the underclassmen.
Meanwhile, National Police Commission Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao said due process will be strictly observed in the investigation of those involved in the melee. He stressed that an impartial probe of the incident will be conducted before any action will be taken.
Nevertheless, Casurao said those proven guilty will be expelled from the academy.
As this developed, Adnol said two of the six mauling victims have decided to file criminal charges against nine underclassmen allegedly involved in the incident.