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Cavite cop who beat recruits with baseball bat may face dismissal

A police officer in Cavite may be dismissed from service after being caught on video allegedly beating up new recruits with a baseball bat, the National Police Commission said Tuesday. 

In the video obtained by ABS-CBN News last month, the police officer, identified as Supt. Alex Dimaculangan, was seen hitting the legs and hips of his juniors with a baseball bat. 

Dimaculangan has submitted an answer to the administrative case against him, which is now "ready for evaluation," said Napolcom Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao. 

"Sa kasong administratibo, ang pinakamataas na parusa na puwedeng igawad ng hearing officer ay ang pagpapa-dismiss sa erring policeman," he told radio DZMM.

(In an administrative case, the highest penalty that can be meted out by the hearing officer is the dismissal of the erring policeman.) 

Dimaculangan, he said, may also be suspended, during which his salary and allowances will be forfeited. 

Casurao also gave assurance that the police recruit who lodged the complaint against Dimaculangan will be protected from harassment. 

"Full [ang] assurance ng gobyerno na walang makakagalaw sa kanya dahil ini-encourage nga natin itong mga ganitong mga kapulisan na lumalantad at isinisiwalat ang mga hindi tamang gawain ng kanilang mga superior," he said. 

(The government fully assures that no one will harass them because we encourage officers like these who come forward and reveal the wrongdoings of their superiors.) 

"We give them the security that's required under the circumstances," the official added. 

DZMM, 4 December 2018 

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