Military orders 'speedy, thorough' probe into PMA cadet's death

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Posted at Sep 22 2019 03:54 PM

MANILA - The military on Sunday said it has ordered a "thorough and speedy" investigation into the death of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet Darwin Dormitorio as it condoled with his family.

Dormitorio, 20, was a victim of hazing, according to the Philippine National Police.

The military will "hand over those responsible to proper authorities and let the wheel of justice turn," Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr. said.

"The AFP assures that all individuals involved in this unfortunate incident will be made accountable as we continue to uphold the highest degree of accountability and transparency within our ranks," he said in a statement.

Baguio Police said it was now considering as suspects the three third class cadets earlier identified as persons of interest in Dormitorio's hazing.

Madrigal said the AFP does not tolerate any action that endangers its members' lives.

"We hold every soldier, cadet, and civilian employee with the highest standards of professionalism and respect for the human life," he said.

Hazing incidents and frat-related violence have been plaguing the country’s premier military training institution and other law schools, some of which resulted in deaths.

President Rodrigo Duterte last year signed a stronger anti-hazing law, in response to the hazing death of University of Santo Tomas law freshman Horacio Castillo III.