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By Francis Allan L. Angelo

 

THE Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office (Noppo) recommended the filing of criminal cases against five police trainors for the alleged hazing of 52 police trainees inside the 6th Regional Mobile Group headquarters in Victorias City, Negros Occidental.

 

Senior Supt. Rosendo Franco, Noppo director, said they will file charges of less serious physical injuries against Inspectors Stephen Somosot and Dianne Grace Aquitania, Police Officers 1 Cherry Lacson, Jean Hiponia and Joemarie Arboleda.

 

Franco said they based their recommendation on the results of the medical examination on police trainees who complained they were subjected to hazing by their trainors.

 

The 52 trainees, who underwent Special Counter-Insurgency Course Training inside Camp Aniceto Lacson, suffered hematoma and contusions, the medical examination showed.

 

The trainees claimed their trainors hit them with sticks, PVC and GI pipes and wood during their training.

 

Earlier, Supt. Remus Zacharias Canieso, 6th RMG director, recommended the filing of grave misconduct charge against Somosot, Lacson, Hiponia and Arboleda while Aquitania was charged with neglect of duty.

 

Franco said they will submit their recommendation to Chief Supt. Isagani Cuevas, Police Regional Office-6 director.

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By Francis Allan L. Angelo

 

TEN police trainors were relieved from the 6th Regional Mobile Group training center in Victorias City, Negros Occidental due to alleged hazing which victimized more than 50 police trainees.

 

Supt. Remus Canieso RMG battalion commander, confirmed that 52 police officers undergoing special counter-insurgency training in Camp Aniceto Lacson either suffered injuries or got sick in the course of the training.

 

Canieso said they discovered the medical condition of the trainees during their medical tests Friday last week.

 

Complaints of hazing from the police trainees triggered the medical examination conducted at the Teresita Jalandoni Memorial Hospital.

 

Canieso said 23 female trainees and 29 male trainees suffered hematoma in various parts of their bodies possibly caused by blunt objects.

 

The RMG chief has ordered the relief of 10 trainors – Insp. Stephen Sumusot, Insp. Diane Grace Aquitaña, Police Officers 1 Jean Hiponia, Annie Rose Tupas, Cherry Lacson, Ma. Lowelyn Moise, Marife Cantomayor, Rhea Biasa, Rhia Oñate and Rowena Pimentel.

 

Canieso said the trainors are now restricted at Camp Aniceto Lacson pending the investigation on the alleged hazing.

 

“This is not a normal practice of the PNP that is why we have laws against these practices. It is for this reason, also, that we are placing our instructors under investigation. In fact, they were already restricted to camp,” Canieso said.

 

The RMG chief said the trainors could face administrative and criminal raps if proven that they engaged in hazing.

 

Last October, a police trainee identified as Police Officer 1 Tristan Lopez died during a routine exercise outside the camp.

 

The National Bureau of Investigation and the PNP have been conducting separate investigations into Lopez’s death.

 

Chief Supt. Isagani Cuevas, Police Regional Office-6 director, said they are now trying to find out the possible link of the alleged hazing at the training camp to Lopez’s death.

 

“Some tactical instructors and trainers think hazing is helpful for the officers, but we are still determining whether it is true or not. We will file appropriate charges if lapses and negligence were committed,” Cuevas said.

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