PMA asked to suspend cadet recruitment for a year


By Rose de la Cruz


Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr., Ako Bicol partylist and author of the new anti-hazing law (Republic Act 11053) urged the Philippine Military Academy to suspend its cadet recruitment for a year considering that at least 27 more cases of maltreatment have been reported, which means “systemic and grave flaws” in PMA.


"As things stand now, the PMA cannot assure parents of the safety of their sons and daughters at the academy because the 27 more cases of maltreatment of cadets are clear proof there are systemic, grave, and moral flaws in the PMA," said Garbin, vice chairman of the House committee on justice.


"Klarong-klaro, mas maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw na may malaking mali at problema sa loob ng PMA na dapat itama agad ngayon. Huwag ipagpaliban. Gawin ngayon," Garbin said.


Garbin said "because the PMA has not yet learned lessons about the abhorrence of hazing, the academy should temporarily stop recruiting new cadets until such time the AFP can reasonably assure all parents and aspirants of their safety and security."


"Suspend new cadet recruitment for just one year, during which time the AFP must overhaul the PMA of its misguided notion that hazing is necessary to mold good defenders of the people and the Constitution," he stressed.


"The AFP's Judge Advocate General should lead the cleansing of the PMA. I believe enforcing military justice and military law includes cleaning up the PMA.” He cited the need for civilian oversight of this cleansing which Congress can do on behalf of the parents, families, and friends of PMA cadets," Garbin added.



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