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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, March 28, 2018
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‘Dismiss cadets in mauling’


Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, wants the Philippine National Police Academy cadets involved in the recent mauling of new PNPA graduates dismissed.

Castil, a member of PNPA Class 1993, yesterday admitted that he was saddened by the beating of six PNPA graduates by their underclassmen right after the graduation rites attended by President Rodrigo Duterte on March 21.

The nine underclassmen reportedly used rattan sticks and rocks when they mauled the newly-commissioned officers, while returning to their barracks at Camp General Mariano Castaneda in Silang, Cavite.

Castil said he had experienced being dumped into the water by their underclassmen, after graduating from the PNPA, but not being beaten.

It shows disrespect to your upperclassmen, he added.

The PNPA Alumni Association Incorporated (PNPAAAI) also issued a statement expressing its support to the ongoing investigations against the cadets involved.

"In light of the recent incident involving cadets and new graduates of PNPA, the Philippine National Police Academy Alumni Association Incorporated (PNPAAAI) condemns the act of violence. Such act has no place in the Academy, more so in a civilized society," PNPAAAI board of trustees president Chief Superintendent William Macavinta said in a statement.

"There is no tradition of hurting fellow cadets or any person for that matter. What happened was an isolated case and we do not condone such demeanor”, he added.

Castil said those cadets should be punished.

They are already abusive, while they are still cadets. How much more if they are already commissioned officers, he added.

Police Inspector John Fritz Vallador topped the 106 PNPA graduates for this year. But he was not among the six graduates beaten by their underclassmen.

Chief Superintendent Joseph Adnol, PNPA director, said that the underclassmen may have wanted to "get even" with the upperclassmen, based on their initial investigation.*GPB


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