4 officers relieved over hazing death.
Publication: Manila Bulletin
Date: Monday, January 13 2003
Byline: RICO NAVARRO
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jose D. Lina Jr. ordered yesterday the relief of Supt. Nicasio Radovoan Jr., director of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), and three other academy officers for their failure to implement an anti-hazing policy
that led to the death of 4th class Cadet Jeoffrey Andawi last Jan. 5.
Lina named Chief Supt. Reynaldo P. Varilla as the new academy director.
Also relieved were cadet commander Supt. Roman Felix, academy commander Supt. George Rabina, and Insp. Rizalito Gapas, tactical officer of Alpha Company where Andawi belonged and the officer-in-charge on Jan. 5.
The DILG secretary hinted that more heads will roll, including those from the cadet corps, as he calls for institutional reforms in the academy.
Lina also ordered the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the national police to probe the killing to determine the criminal liabilities of those involved and called on Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) authorities to expedite the administrative proceedings against 3rd Class Cadets Jeromy Pulquiso and Darwin Blog-ang.
The two cadets were charged with violating the anti-hazing policy of the PNPA and with grave misconduct resulting to the death of Andawi. Pulquiso is now under investigation by the Silang police.
Lina commended PPSC president Ramsey Ocampo for coming out with a comprehensive investigation report before the one-week deadline.
Lina said the formal summary dismissal proceeding against Pulquiso and Blog-ang will start in about five days. He said he will create a DILG-PPSC committee to monitor the progress of the case. 66 cops dismissed