While visiting Cauayan, Isabela for a post-disaster command conference following Typhoon Rosita, President Rodrigo Duterte addressed a scandal involving three Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) cadets. The cadets reportedly forced two male plebes to perform oral sex after failing to heed orders. According to Duterte, the cadets are to be dismissed from the PNPA.
“I was reading your report kasi sa aking office, about that incident of the police na…and I’m warning you, I will never tolerate that kind of…yung hazing. At pinakain nila yung a** niladun sa…They will be dismissed, I will dismiss them,” said the President during the conference on Thursday.
According to the PNP’s report on the incident, an upper-class cadet forced two first year students to engage in oral sex. Two other cadets watched. This occurred within the police academy in Silang, Cavite on October 6.
He also said that he has “no place for people like them” and would not stand for police, especially those in training, acting in ways that dehumanize others.
In his speech, President Duterte recalled his own incidences of hazing and expressed disbelief that such a lewd punishment was given.
“I also experienced hazing, I endured pain, I was hospitalized,” said Duterte.
“But this kind of hazing where you would ask to eat … all of you are men. He will go out of that academy almost robbed of his humanity, and he’d always remember that,” he added.
President Duterte also spoke to remind the police and the military that their duty is to protect and serve the country and the Filipino people.
News of the scandal broke in October this year, leading to the dismissal of PNPA Director Chief Superintendent Joseph Adnol. Adnol’s relief was ordered by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer in Charge Secretary Eduardo Año.