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Army: Six involved in ‘hazing’
stripped of cadet officer ranks
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

 

The six criminology students of Bago City College in Negros Occidental, who were involved in an alleged hazing incident, were terminated as ROTC cadet officers, Army Capt. Rodillo Famulag, director of the 605th Community Defense Center, 6 Regional Community Defense Group of the Army Reserve Command,said yesterday.

This was in response to the complaint filed by a 19-year-old Criminology student of Bago City College, who told the police, that he and four others were subjected to alleged maltreatment by their upper classmen as a form of reception as fourth class ROTC officers, inside a comfort room of the school Tuesday last week.

The complainant,whose identity is being withheld, told ABS-CBN that he was kicked by one of the ROTC officers and his head hit the wall, as a result. The complainant saidthat while he initially brushed it aside, he was not feeling well the next day, which prompted his parents to check his condition.

Famulag said their investigation showed that the incident took place on school days, and not during ROTC training day, scheduled every Friday of the week.

He also clarified that the incident had nothing to do with the ROTC training, as they discovered that it had something to do with the acceptance of the complainant to a fraternity group.

The identities of the six ROTC officers were also withheld.

Famulag also said they will not tolerate any wrongdoings committed by ROTC officers.

The 605th CDC of the Army Reserve Command supervises ROTC training and activities of Army reservists in Negros Occidental.

The complainant reportedly suffered a hematoma in his stomach.

Despite the incident, the complainant said he is determined to pursue his studies as a future police officer. But he said that he and his colleagues want a change in the ROTC programsystem.

PLt. Leomel Adolacion, deputy police chief of Bago City, yesterday clarified that there was no “hazing” , adding that maybe the suspects “did it for fun”, although it happened inside the school campus.

Adolacion said they already referred it to the school administration for appropriate action.*

 

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