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3 PNPA cadets charged for sexually assaulting 2 plebes

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018


FILE PHOTO: PNPA cadets marching in formation

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Three cadets from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) were placed in isolation over complaints of sexual harassment against two plebes transpired on October 6.

PNPA Director Chief Superintendent Joseph Adnol said the assault happened at the backyard of the newbies’ barracks when one of the suspects, a 2nd class cadet ordered a 4th class cadet to perform oral sex on him as punishment for disobedience.

PNPA cadets are ranked accordingly, with 1st class as being the highest.

Implicated in the incident were two 3rd class cadets who served as witnesses.

The three suspects were charged with criminal case of hazing.

Further investigation is underway from which an administrative case is being drafted against the three. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Police cadet dies during training exercise in Cavite

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Al Rasheed Pendatun Macadato

MANILA, Philippines – Cadet fourth class Al Rasheed Pendatun Macadato collapsed during a run on Tuesday afternoon (May 14) at Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite.

The 21-year-old was taking part in the new cadet summer training program of the Philippine National Police Academy.

“Nagkaroon sila ng exercise at road run. Pagkatapos ng road run nila ng ala-singko ng hapon habang nagwa-warm down at stretching ay nakaramdam ng pagkahilo,” explained PNP Spokesperson Police Col. Bernard Banac.

(They had an exercise and a road run. After the road run around 5:00 p.m. during their warm down and stretching exercises, he [Macadato] felt dizzy.)

According to the PNPA, he was rushed to the Camp’s health dispensary and later to Qualimed Hospital in Sta. Rosa, Laguna where he was admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU).

But Macadato passed away on Wednesday (May 15).

Banac said the attending physician ruled out hazing as the cause of Macadato’s death.

Macadato died of heat stroke, according to the PNPA, as they were required to do some pull ups and running when he collapsed.

The PNPA said the hot weather may have affected the cadets’ training exercises and promised to look into the possible lapses in the training program.

“Patuloy itong iniimbestigahan ng pamunuan ng PNP…inaalam nila ang kaniyang medical records kung meron mang indikasyon o prone o maaaring naka-apekto, nakatulong at nakapagdulot ng kanyang pagkahilo,” the official said.

(The PNP leadership are investigating the case…they are looking into his medical records to see if there are existing conditions that may have contributed to his dizziness.)

Macadato was one of the 285 Fourth Class Cadets accepted in May 1, 2019 by the PNPA. Their batch was on their 10th training day when the incident happened. – (with details from Lea Ylagan) Marje Pelayo

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Congress ratifies bill penalizing catcalling, other forms of sexual harassment in public spaces

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, February 8th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Congress has ratified the bicameral conference report for the Safe Spaces Bill which seeks to penalize catcalling and gender-based sexual harassment in streets, public and online spaces, workplaces, and educational institutions.

The bill also seeks to penalize offenses such as sexist slurs, unwanted comments on one’s appearance, relentless requests for one’s personal details such as name, contact and social media details or destination.

The measure will also criminalize the use of words, gestures or actions that ridicule on the basis of sex, gender or sexual orientation, the persistent telling of sexual jokes, use of sexual names, comments and demands, and any statement that has made an invasion on a person’s personal space.

If enacted into law, violators may face up to six years of imprisonment and a fine of not more that P100,000.

Both houses of Congress are yet to submit the ratified version to President Rodrigo Duterte for his signature. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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Police academy kicks out three cadets in sexual assault scandal

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2018

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QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) has ordered the dismissal of three cadets involved in a sexual assault against two plebes in October.

According to PNPA Director PSupt. Chiquito Malayo, the three upperclassmen, a 2nd class cadet and two 3rd class cadets, were found guilty of grave delinquency and conduct unbecoming of an officer.

Based on the investigation, the 2nd class cadet was the one who ordered the two victims to perform oral sex as penalty for an unidentified offense.

The two 3rd class cadets were also implicated in the case for serving as lookouts and for keeping mum about the incident.

Malayo added that the three were given 48 hours to submit their respective motion for reconsideration.

According to PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, with their dismissal the three no longer have the chance to become officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP). – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)