2 PMA cadets hospitalized due to suspected hazing

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 23 2019 03:05 PM

MANILA - Two cadets of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) are recuperating at the hospital due to suspected hazing, the military said Monday.

The two freshmen cadets, who complained of stomach pains, were brought to the military hospital last Tuesday and Saturday, according to military spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo.

Authorities are investigating if the incidents were connected with the hazing of Darwin Dormitorio, who died after complaining of stomach pains and was hospitalized twice in the past month.

The premier military school said it has fired officials with direct responsibility over Dormitorio's death.

It has also identified 3 suspects, 2 persons of interest, and 9 witnesses, all of whom are cadets, in the hazing of Dormitorio.

The freshman cadet's death has sparked calls for the classification of hazing as a heinous crime.

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.

--Report from Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News