Panfilo “Ping” Lacson yesterday said that the cadets of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) are not exempted from the amended Anti-Hazing Law and those involved in the oral sex controversy may be the first to be penalized under that law.
Lacson said the law which they recently amended will be harsh on the offending cadet because of the increased penalties.
“Capital offense yan, ang hazing. At hindi exempted, kasi although ang AFP and PNP may mga circumstances na pwede sila ma-exempt pero pagka-ganyang gawain na hazing, kulong sila habambuhay at makukulong sila nang no bail habang dinidinig ng korte,” Lacson said in an interview over DWIZ radio.
The Anti-Hazing Law was amended by Congress after the Atio Castillo hazing controversy.
“Ang prime ng buhay nila dahil bata pa ito, sira katulad ng involved kay Atio Castillo. Kulong sila held without bail so yan din ang sasapiting ng upperclassmen na ito,” Lacson pointed out.
The oral sex controversy erupted after news broke out that two PNP cadets with their parents filed a complaint with the local Silang, Cavite PNP against one of their upperclassmen. They claimed that they were forced to perform oral sex while two upperclassmen watched and did nothing to stop the act.
Names of the cadets were withheld since the fathers of two cadets involved are star-ranked officers of the PNP and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
But Lacson insisted that it doesn’t matter if the father of the cadet is a general of the PNP. He said that with the strengthening of the law, the aggrieving party will surely face problems.
He added that the cadets who are involved in the oral sex controversy cannot claim that they are not aware of the law.
“Well-publicized ang hearing kay Atio Castillo noon pati ang pagsasabatas o pag-amyenda ng anti-hazing law. Dapat alam nila ang consequence niyan,” Lacson added.