More cops sacked for hazing in Laguna police training camp


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Video of rookie police while being subjected to hazing. Video from the Commission on Human Rights

MANILA, Philippines—More heads rolled on Thursday among the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) police over video clips that surfaced this week showing officers hazing trainees at a camp in Laguna.

The Philippine National Police announced the sacking of eight more trainers, including two superior officers, after an investigation found their possible culpability in the maltreatment of recruits at Camp Eldridge in Los Baños.

PNP Director General Raul M. Bacalzo placed Senior Inspector Leopoldo Ferre Jr. and Senior Insp. Klinto Rex Jamorol under investigation over the hazing of trainees undergoing the PNP’s Special Counter-Insurgency Operation Unit Training (SCOUT) Course in Laguna in 2010.

The two were summoned to face investigation under the doctrine of command responsibility, officials said.

Ferre was the commanding officer of the 1st Maneuver Company of the Regional Public Safety Battalion of Calabarzon police while Jamorol was the course director.

The videos show the victims being forced to eat fistfuls of red-hot chilies by men who are presumably their trainers, and ordered to remove their pants and have chilies rubbed on their genitals and buttocks, causing them to cry in pain.

In a report to President Aquino through Interior Secretary Jesse M. Robredo, Bacalzo said all 14 PNP SCOUT trainers identified in the video clips had been relieved from their posts effective August 1 and placed under restrictive custody at Camp Vicente Lim.

A fact-finding probe by a Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) headed by Chief Superintendent Gil Meneses, director of Police Regional Office 4A, has been initiated, along with a parallel administrative investigation by the Internal Affairs Service.

The 14 PNP SCOUT trainers facing investigation are: Police Officers 1 Roque Oro, Rovylyn Addatu, Evan Mark Cuartero, Marfe Adier, Jhun Plonelo, Allan Pascua, Melvin Malihan, Troy Sumayod, Randy Nabayra, Jodgi Vergara, Ezel Papa, Ramil de Guzman, Arnel Yadis and Alberto Umali.

Bacalzo said the 14 police trainers have been reassigned to the Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit of PRO4A to ensure their availability in facing administrative and criminal charges, including for violation of the anti-hazing law.

“Other PNP personnel who may be identified in the course of the investigation who have knowledge but failed to prevent the occurrence of the incident shall also be held administratively and criminally liable,” Bacalzo said.

“Actions like this do not have any place in the PNP where respect for human rights and the rule of law is a command policy that every PNP member is duty bound to uphold,” Bacalzo said.

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  • Herbert

    Reassignment lang? They should be jailed!

  • Anonymous

    mga bosing ng PNP kung ayaw niyo i-dismiss at kasuhan itong mga bata niyo ay ipadala niyo na lang sa sulu at mag hunting ng mga asg’s para mapakinabangan bago makatay ng mga asg’s.

  • Anonymous

    No wonder PNP’s forever incapable of restoring law & order…they’re sick to the core…an institution of abusers

  • Reynaldo Quijada

    If they can not respect their fellow policemen just because they are still applicants, how can they possibly respect civilians? The result of the investigation and corresponding actions of the DILG and the PNP should be known to the people to deter possible repeat of this saddening and inhuman event.

  • Anonymous

    Reassignment is not enough. A similar case not too long ago, the police officer involved I heard, is now teaching in an institute for criminology. These guys must be subjected to intense re-education. Without re-education, they will bring their twisted thinking (if they are thinking at all!) wherever they’ll be. 
    They should also be meted out the corresponding jail sentence.
    More importantly, the entire police force should have a re-examination of their core values. The police is not the place for sub-humans-in-uniform.

  • Erwin Ross V. Dalao

    eh ano ang gagawin ninyo sa mga magnanakaw na opisyal ng PNP?

    • boyfarmer

      pakainin ng isang kilong sili

  • Anonymous

    you can do other form of training, why eating hot chili? what is that to do with counter insurgency? are they gonna deploy these recruits in the mountains where chili is the staple food?

    • Samuel Cruel

      pa ranger ranger kpa dyannn.   hahahahahahaha..

  • Anonymous

    you can do other form of training, why eating hot chili? what does it have to do with counter insurgency? are they gonna deploy these new recruits in the mountains where chili is the staple food?

  • Anonymous

    they are actually taking revenge to those trainees, what  they learned they share, culture of violence will begets violence.  Hazing is no longer acceptable to a humane society it belong to the olden ages not to the present time.

  • Gagami Tuladyu

    hihi! Sa gawaing iyan nagmumula ang kurapsyon, kitang-kita mo na wala naman talaga silang NAIS na putulin ang ganyang mga kahayupan DAHIL kung walang lumalabas na video, WALA ring aksyon! SA CAT at CMT palang kasi meron nang hazing, sa mga pulis at sundalo pa kaya? DAPAT mas MALUPIT na batas para sa mga HAYUP na ganyan! hihihi! ;)

  • Anonymous

    Have the trainer eat the CHILI only when they are in CUSTODY to see how it feel.

  • Evangeline Jo Kimber

    You are bloody soldiers, who do not deserve any position in the military! You should be made to swallow those siling labuyo and get the mashed chillies rubbed into your genitals, eyes instead.

  • Patrick Joseph Parong

    Kaya nagiging walanghiya mga pulis dito sa Pinas dahil sa mga kahayupang ginagawa sa training eh. Huwag kayong magtitira ng walanghiya sa training para lahat ng pulis na magtatapos diyan matino.

  • Raymond Guillermo

    Thank you sa nagbigay nang video! We hope na magtatapos na rin ang mga hindi makataong gawaing ito, God bless you!

  • Samuel Cruel

    OA nyo naman mga kapatid…

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