PMA head’s resignation keeps military school's integrity amid hazing scandal: Palace

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 24 2019 01:44 PM

MANILA- The resignation of Lt. Gen. Ronnie Evangelista as head of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) is a step towards upholding the integrity of the institution after one of its cadets died allegedly due to hazing under his watch, Malacañang said Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo commended Evangelista for showing delicadeza by stepping down.

“We welcome this development as a right step towards upholding the integrity of the PMA as the country's premier military institution and recognize the same as a form of genuine delicadeza on the part of Lt. Gen. Evangelista,” said Panelo, who earlier called for Evangelista’s resignation.

Evangelista said Tuesday he has tendered his resignation to Armed Forces chief of staff General Benjamin Madrigal Jr.

"In the military tradition of command responsibility, it is now the proper time for me as the head of institution together with the commander of cadets to relinquish our respective positions," he told reporters in Baguio City.

"I will do all that is left to be done while I wait for the official orders."

Evangelista’s resignation comes a week after freshman cadet Dormitorio, 20, died after complaining of stomach pain. Dormitorio was hospitalized twice in the previous month and had bruises on his stomach consistent with hazing.

Panelo assured the slain cadet’s family that there would be no cover-up in the ongoing investigation.

“The Office of the President guarantees that there will be no whitewash and expects that justice will be rendered for those responsible for the PMA plebe's death,” he said.