PNPA cadets to undergo coronavirus testing

Rambo Talabong

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The Philippine National Police Academy will test its cadets for COVID-19 in the wake of two cadets' deaths due to heat stroke and electrolyte imbalance

GRADUATION. Graduates from the Philippine National Police Academy's Maragtas Class of 2018 march at Camp Castañeda in Silang, Cavite, on March 21, 2018. Malacañang file photo

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) will test around 350 of its cadets for the novel coronavirus.

“Ayokong isantabi [ang] possibility na may mga infection sa training camps (I don’t want to disregard the possibility of infections at training camps),” PNP chief General Archie Gamboa said in a press briefing on Monday, July 13.

The PNPA is the premier training school for police, jail, and fire personnel in the Philippines. The risk of viral contagion threatens to disrupt the educational institution and endangers the lives of its students and personnel.

Just last week, fourth class cadets Kenneth Alvarado and Jiary Papa died of causes said to be unrelated to COVID-19.

Alvarado collapsed and died of heat stroke on July 8 after participating in an evening formation activity, while Papa died on July 10 due to electrolyte imbalance or hypokalemia.

On Sunday, July 12, the PNP announced the suspension of all activities of its Class of 2024 cadets until further notice, following the two deaths. –

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.