The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) confirmed hazing as the cause of death of a 20-year-old cadet.
A medico-legal report of the Philippine National Police-Baguio revealed that Cadet Fourthclass Darwin Dormitorio died due to blunt-force trauma.
The police have also gathered 20 witnesses to shed light on the incident, which the PMA said should entail “accountability, action and reforms.”
“The PMA will file appropriate administrative charges and shall apply sanctions to all those who are found responsible for the death of Cadet Fourthclass Domingo” a PMA statement read. “Such a distressing incident challenges us to ask ourselves on how we can be better educators and trainers, as officers and mentors, and ultimately, as parents to our cadets.”
PNP-Baguio director Allan Rae Co said Dormitorio was brought to the PMA hospital on 17 September after complaining of stomach ache. He was sent back to the barracks after findings showed symptoms of urinary tract infection.
The following morning, Dormitorio started vomiting and was brought back to the camp hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
“The attending physician placed him under observation for four hours the first time he was brought in but was discharged because he didn’t show any serious symptoms,” said Co. “We will also investigate possible lapses on the part of the PMA hospital.”
Co, a native of Cagayan de Oro, succumbed to cardiac arrest secondary to internal bleeding.
Another Facebook post by a certain Ruth Duplito Dioso is likewise circulating, alleging that her nephew died of “broken internal organs.”
President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11053 or the “Anti-Hazing Act of 2018” in 2018 which prohibits all forms of hazing, including during military training.