MANILA - Officials at the Philippine Military Academy are looking for signs of injury among its cadets after one of its students died and 2 others were injured due to alleged hazing, a military spokesman said Tuesday.
"Ang tawag po natin d'yan stripping kung saan ang ating mga kadete iniinspeksyon ng kani-kanilang tactical officers... at tinitingnan if they bore markings o mga pasa, galos o ano pa man at tanungin din sila kung mayroon silang nararamdaman," said military spokesman Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo.
(We call that stripping, in which cadets are inspected by their tactical officers, who check if they bear markings or bruises, scratches and others, and are asked if they are feeling any pain.)
"Kasama po ito sa ating malawakang pagsusumikap na mahinto ang maltreatment o hazing sa Philippine Military Academy," he told radio DZMM.
(This is part of our efforts to stop maltreatment or hazing at the PMA.)
PMA cadet Darwin 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.
Two other cadets were hospitalized last week due to stomach pain.
They are on the "way to recovery" and authorities are investigating if their injuries are linked to Dormitorio's death, said Arevalo.
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.