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THE leadership of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) was ordered to review its existing rules and regulations, academic policies and conduct necessary adjustments within the institution following the recent death of a cadet.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he had already directed the PNPA Director, PMGen. Rhoderick Armamento, and Director, DHRDD (Directorate for Human Resources and Doctrine Development) PBGen Arthur Bisnar, to “conduct the necessary review and adjustments on the existing rules, regulations and academic polices to further strengthen the moral foundation of our cadets in the PNPA,” PGen Eleazar said.

Investigation is continuously being conducted regarding the death of Cadet 3rd Class George Carl Magsayo where supposedly, on September 23, Magsayo’s upperclassman, Cadet Second Class Steve Ceasar Maingat, punched him at least five times. This reportedly caused Magsayo to collapse, and was then rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

“We want to know which areas are we lacking and we want to understand why this happened despite the strict warning, and even resulted in the death of a cadet,” said PGen Eleazar, who also visited today the wake of Cadet 3rd Class Magsayo at the PNPA Compound in Silang, Cavite.

Chief PNP Guillermo Eleazar at the wake of Cadet 3rd Class Magsayo at the PNPA Compound in Silang, Cavite

He assured the public, especially the parents of the police cadets, that the PNP will never promote the culture of hazing or any form of action that will inflict harm to the cadets inside the academy.

PGen Eleazar said if this would not be corrected, malpractices might also be done while they enter the police force, as well as in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the Bureau of Fire Protection.

The PNPA has guaranteed that it is maintaining a strict “No To Hazing Policy” in adherence to the values of respect for human life and rights which are inculcated among their cadets and personnel.

Meanwhile, Maingat is already under custody of the Silang Municipal Police Station pending further investigation on the matter. Appropriate charges will be filed against him.

(PHOTO CREDIT: PNP-PIO)

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