Army trainee dies in Maguindanao boot camp

By Lore Mae L. Andong, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Jun 28 2014 11:25 AM | Updated as of Jun 28 2014 07:25 PM

COTABATO CITY - A candidate soldier undergoing training at the 6th Infantry Division Training Camp in Barangay Semba, Datu Odin Sinsuat town, Maguindanao died last Monday, a source said.

An ABS-CBN source said the candidate soldier, identified as Nelson Espartero from North Cotabato, died due to cardiac arrest at Camp Siongco Station Hospital.

The source said Esparterlo was on a "sick in quarters" status since he was not feeling well.

When noticed by one officer at the boot camp, he was immediately brought to the station hospital for check-up.

The 6th Infantry Division has yet to give an official statement regarding the incident, pending the arrival of the acting division commander who is still in Manila as of posting.

A probe on the incident is underway.

On Friday last week, around 300 candidate soldiers took oath for their training.

According to the commandant of the 6th Division training school, Col. Bernie Langub, the candidate soldiers would be exposed to an intense training to hone deserving and brave soldiers.