PMA hopes to come out of hazing 'crisis' stronger, says spokesman

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 23 2019 07:13 PM

MANILA - Philippine Military Academy (PMA) probers have been instructed to finish their investigation into the hazing death of a cadet as quickly as possible. 

"Ang instruction po sa atin ng ating superintendent, si Superintendent Lieutenant General Ronnie Evangelista, is to finish all the investigation as soon as possible without compromising the objectivity and fairness po ng investigation process," PMA Spokesperson Maj. Rey Afan told radio DZMM on Monday. 

PMA Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio died last Wednesday after complaining of stomach pain. He was confined at the hospital twice in the previous month and had bruises on his stomach consistent with hazing. 

Afan said the investigation will also look into all the possible violations that were committed in relation to the academy's rules and standard operating procedures (SOPs).

"Kasama po sa tinitingnan namin sa mga detalye ngayon kung ano 'yung mga na-violate po sa mga SOP po," he said.

Afan said the academy hopes to come out of this crisis stronger.

"On the part of the entire community po, hindi lang nalulungkot na may namatay na kadete, nalulungkot din kami na may nagkamali kaming mga anak, mga nagkamaling kadete. Itong mga taong ito, nakasira sila ng buhay, sinisira rin nila ang kanilang buhay," he said.

"Isa pong panahon po ito for PMA for self-criticism. Bagama't ito'y isang krisis, hinahangad namin na pagkatapos ng krisis na ito, magiging mas magaling, mas maayos ang ating Philippine Military Academy," Afan added.

The PMA has sacked all officials linked to the death of Dormitorio.

Authorities have identified 3 suspects in his death and 2 other cadets as new persons of interest.

Police have nine cadets as witnesses.

Two more PMA cadets are are recuperating at the hospital due to suspected hazing.

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.