FILE PHOTO: PNPA cadets marching in formation
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte warned all members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in relation to the sexual harassment scandal among cadets in the police academy.
On Thursday (November 1) the President ordered the expulsion of the three upperclassmen involved in the sexual assault of two plebes and stressed that there is no room for such embarrassing acts in both the military and the police institutions.
“They will be dismissed. I will dismiss them. I have no place for people… You know, you give me a soldier from the PMA or from the PNPA, nandoon tapos you rob them of his dignity. You dehumanize him and he goes out feeling tapos maging official ‘yan maging general tapos gawain mo ng ganoon na pakainin mo ng…,” the President said.
President Duterte emphasized that he will never allow such humiliating acts under his administration which according to him is a clear disrespect of an individual’s dignity.
“I don’t need that kind of policemen. Not for me, during my time, in my generation, for the next generation of Filipinos. You do not train a soldier or a policeman who goes out of the academy with a trauma. It’s a deep psychological insult ‘yan and it stays in the head,” he said further.
On October 25, PNPA Director PCSupt. Joseph Adnol confirmed that those involved in the scandal have notable connections.
“One of the victims is a son of a jail officer and the respondent is a son of an officer of the Philippine National Police,” he said.
The three were put in isolation while waiting for the result of the investigation while the victims were placed under counseling. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)