MANILA, Philippines – The chief of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) has been ordered relieved from post following an alleged hazing incident that led to the death of a cadet.
PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he has approved the designation of Police Major General Alex Sampaga as the new PNPA director.
Sampaga will replace Police Major General Rhoderick Armamento, who will take over his current position at the PNP Directorate for Information and Communication Technology at Camp Crame.
Sampaga’s new designation will take effect on Sept. 29, Eleazar said.
“As a PNPA alumnus himself, I expect PMGen Sampaga to bring in innovative ideas and fresh perspective that would effectively implement the necessary adjustments in further improving the institution for each cadet to live up to its core values of justice, integrity, and service,” he said.
This development follows the death of Cadet Third Class Karl Magsayo last Thursday after he was allegedly punched several times by his upperclassman, Cadet Second Class Steve Caesar Maingat following an altercation.
Magsayo lost consciousness and was rushed to a hospital but was declared dead on arrival.
Eleazar said a criminal case will be filed against Maingat in connection with Magsayo’s demise.
“This is separate from the administrative cases that would be filed against him which I assure to be the grounds for his dismissal from the Academy,” he said.
“Let this serve as a stern warning to all the PNPA cadets that the PNP leadership will never tolerate this misbehavior and serious breach of discipline and moral values,” he added.