CATBALOGAN City — The reported hazing of new police recruits at the 8th Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB8) headquarters in Capoocan in the province of Leyte is now being investigated.
PNP regional director Chief Supt. Elmer R. Soria on Saturday directed the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division to conduct an in-depth investigation on the alleged hazing of new policemen.
“We are exercising zero tolerance on hazing and excessive punishment in any police camp. Any form of hazing has no place in the organization where respect for human rights and the rule of law is a command policy that every PNP member is duty bound to uphold,” Soria said.
Earlier reports disclosed that at least 11 new policemen who reported to the RPSB camp for their first official assignment were allegedly subjected to hazing and maltreated for no particular reason.
As this developed, nine (9) police officials allegedly involved in the hazing incident were relieved from RPSB and were restricted at the PRO8 Regional Personnel Holding Accounting Unit (RPHAU). They were placed under investigation for possible culpability and may face administrative and criminal charges.
Director Soria also directed all police units to refrain from conducting “reception” and other initiation rites to new police recruits as a form of tradition during the turn-over and downloading of police personnel to field units as he also reminded unit commanders on the provisions of Republic Act No. 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Act of 1995.
“All downloaded personnel are full-pledge members of the organization and therefore should not be treated as trainees. Violations of our directive will be dealt with severely in accordance with existing laws,” Soria added.
Alleged hazing of PNP rookies in Leyte probed