PMA sacks officials linked to hazing death of cadet

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 23 2019 02:41 PM | Updated as of Sep 23 2019 03:48 PM

MANILA- (UPDATE) All Philippine Military Academy officials with direct responsibility over the alleged hazing death of one of its cadets have been sacked, authorities said Monday.

In a joint statement, the PMA and the Baguio City Police said officials linked to the death of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio have been relieved.

"Officers with direct responsibility on the unfortunate incident have been relieved to pave the way for impartial investigation," the statement read.

Dormitorio, 20, died 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. 

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

Police have nine cadets as witnesses.

The PMA "is ready to file appropriate charges, administrative and criminal charges to those who are involved," its spokesperson Maj. Ray Afan said Sunday. 

-report from Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News