The Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) announced on Saturday the temporary suspension of all its activities for plebes after another newly entered female cadet died inside its Silang, Cavite campus.
In a statement, PNP identified the victim as Cadet Fourth Class Jiary Jasen Papa who died to electrolyte imbalance or hypokalemia, caused by low potassium intake on Friday.
The female cadet woke up at around 3:30 AM to prepare for the early morning activity but suddenly collapsed. Papa was then brought to the academy’s Health Service for first aid treatment and then brought to the QualiMed Hospital in Sta. Rosa, Laguna where she was declared dead at 4:30 AM.
According to the Health Service, Papa’s remains will undergo swab test as part of protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her death was the second recorded in the roster of new members of the Cadet Corps of the Academy in just a span of three days following Cadet Fourth Class Kenneth Ross Alvarado who succumbed to heatstroke.
Following the said incident, PNP chief Police Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa suspended all activities for new cadets of the PNPA until interventions are done in order to prevent the repeat of similar incidents in the future.
“Since two deaths of new cadets were recorded in the past three (3) days, all activities for the members of the PNPA Class of 2024 will be suspended until further evaluation and assessment,” the PNP said in a statement.
Gamboa also ordered PNPA Police Major Gen. Jose Chiquito Malayo to immediately submit to him the results of its investigation and inquiry.