PMA cadet 'punished' over missing combat boots?

Micaella Ilao, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 25 2019 11:23 AM | Updated as of Sep 25 2019 12:56 PM

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BAGUIO CITY – Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio was punished by upperclassmen at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) over a pair of missing combat boots that was entrusted to him, a police official said Tuesday.

Citing the statements of witnesses, Baguio City police chief Col. Allen Rae Co said two cadets allegedly carried out the physical punishment on orders from another cadet who allegedly entrusted his combat boots to Dormitorio.

"One week na raw nawawala kaya pinarusahan siya," said Co.

Dormitorio, 20, died last week 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.

Dormitorio's remains were flown back to his hometown in Cagayan de Oro on Saturday.

PMA Superintendent Lt. Gen. Ronnie Evangelista resigned his post after Dormitorio's death.

Meanwhile, all PMA officials with direct responsibility over the alleged hazing death of Dormitorio have been sacked.

On Tuesday, the PMA said it has relieved four cadets: 3rd class Shalimar Imperial, 3rd class Felix Lumbag, 1st class Axl Rey Sanupao, and 2nd class Nickoel Termil.

Lumbag and Imperial were allegedly directly involved in Dormitorio's death.

Two more cadets, 1st class Christian Correa and 1st class Elbert Lucas, were suspended for a year, while cadet 1st class Irvin Sayud was meted special confinement.

Col. Cesar Candelaria, commander of Fort del Pilar Station Hospital where Dormitorio died, was also fired.

The PMA has said it was also looking for signs of injury among its cadets after Dormitorio's death and 2 others were hospitalized due to suspected hazing.