Cadet of Philippine Military Academy dies because of Hazing

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Hazing is actually taboo in PMA. It is not part of the training. We are doing a lot of interventions,” PMA superintendent Major General Ronnie Evangelista said.

The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) has recently confirmed that PMA cadet Darwin Dormitorio, a 20-year-old cadet from Cagayan de Oro City, died after vomiting inside cadet quarters that is caused by initiation rites at the hands of upperclassmen last Wednesday, September 18.

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The Investigation

According to the police, Cadet Dormitorio was rushed to the Philippine Military Academy station hospital on early Wednesday morning because of his stomach pain and died at 5:15 in the morning.

Based on the findings of PMA physician Florence Apple Apostol, the initial cause of death of the said cadet was cardiac arrest secondary to internal hemmorhage.

Medico-legal reports showed that Dormitorio died from blunt force trauma in various parts of the body,” Police Major General Ephraim Dickson, Police Office director of Cordillera Administrative Region said.

Persons of Interests

Three of Dormitorio’s upperclassmen were the subjects of interest to be the suspects behind the said rites. These persons have been detained by the academy’s officials while the investigation is ongoing.

According to PMA superintendent Major General Ronnie Evangelista, twenty other cadets have been invited for questioning. Evangelista said that hazing is actually a taboo in PMA and is not part of their training.

The death of Dormitorio came two years after Erwin Christian Vergara, a 19-year-old PMA cadet.

Vergara died at the Baguio General Hospital barely a month after he was admitted for military training due to ulcer. However, the PMA ruled out maltreatment as the cause of Vergara’s death and argued that the cadet had an ulcer.

Cadets of the said military school came forward to condemn the incident.

We, the Cadet Corps of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, denounce those who seek to undermine the mission of our institution. We are clear in our resolve to put an end to such excruciating acts that defy the very values the PMA instills and we stand as one corps against maltreatment.

According to cadet 1st class John Michael Navarro, brigade commander representing classes 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) also condemned the hazing incident that happened to PMA cadet Darwin Dormitorio.

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