PRO-6 probes death of po­lice trainee in Ba­colod

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY GLAZYL Y. MASCULINO

THE Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice (PRO)-6 in Western Visayas will con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the death of a po­lice trainee in Ba­colod City on Oc­to­ber 10.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent John Bu­lala­cao, di­rec­tor of PRO-6, said this is to as­cer­tain the com­plete facts of the in­ci­dent.

On Tues­day night, Frenz Galen Frades, 22, of San Jose, An­tique was rushed to Cora­zon Loc­sin Mon­telibano Memo­rial Re­gional Hos­pi­tal when he felt ill and dizzy af­ter fin­ish­ing their physithe cal ex­er­cises at the Re­gional Train­ing Cen­ter (RTC)-6 in Bakyas, Barangay Man­silin­gan.

Frades died the fol­low­ing day at the hos­pi­tal due to hy­poxic-is­chemic en­cephalopa­thy (HIE) sta­tus epilep­ti­cus, a seizure and brain in­jury caused by oxy­gen de­pri­va­tion.

He was among the 647 mem­bers of Pub­lic Safety Ba­sic Re­cruit Course (PSBRC) Class 2018-01, who took oath in Iloilo City Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 8. Frades was stay­ing at the RTC for a six-month train­ing.

Bu­lala­cao, in a press state­ment, said that “while PRO-6 Health Ser­vice en­sured that our po­lice re­cruits are phys­i­cally fit for train­ing and that the RTC-6 ob­served the pre­scribed process of train­ing for PSBRC, we are sad­dened to con­firm that one of our po­lice re­cruits passed away.”

Ini­tial find­ings were “heat stroke vs. sub­arach­noid hem­or­rhage” and the cause of death was later con­firmed to be HIE, Bu­lala­cao said.

We are ex­tend­ing our sin­cer­est sym­pa­thy to the fam­ily of Po­lice Of­fi­cer 1 Frades and we are as­sur­ing them that all ben­e­fits and claims due to his heirs will be pro­cessed and be given the soon­est time pos­si­ble, Bu­lala­cao said.

While it is pre­sumed that Frades was phys­i­cally fit for the train­ing as en­dorsed by the Health Ser­vice af­ter un­der­go­ing the re­quired med­i­cal tests, we will care­fully in­ves­ti­gate this in­ci­dent to pre­vent the oc­cur­rence of the same in the fu­ture, the PRO-6 top cop said.

Bu­lala­cao said, “we all know that po­lice train­ing is a rig­or­ous process and at times, in­volve risks, we as­sure the pub­lic that all due dili­gence and care are be­ing ex­er­cised in the con­duct of screen­ing and train­ing to pre­vent the same and sim­i­lar in­ci­dents from hap­pen­ing.”

We will pro­vide ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion once the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been com­pleted, he added.*

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