MANILA - The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Wednesday condemned the death of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet Darwin Dormitorio, a casualty of hazing.
"The Commission has zero-tolerance for hazing and calls for its total elimination in all schools and non-school-based organisations, including in military and army trainings," CHR spokesperson Jacqueline Ann de Guia said in a statement.
"We vehemently oppose this practice that directly curtails the right to life of individuals particularly the youth."
The CHR offered its condolences to Dormitorio's bereaved family as the rights body demanded that hazing be stopped.
"We must end the culture of violence especially among the ranks of our future leaders in the military sector and disavow in unequivocal terms the use of physical, mental and psychological violence in their training activities," the statement added.
Dormitorio, of Cagayan de Oro, reportedly vomited and complained of stomach pain in the PMA's barracks at Fort del Pilar in Baguio City before he was sent to the hospital, where he died September 18. Police said he had internal hemorrhage due to blows to his body.