MANILA (UPDATE) - Darwin Dormitorio wanted to fight for his country, but those dreams were snuffed out when he died in the hands of his fellow cadets at the barracks of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in Baguio City on September 18.
In the weeks before he died of cardiac arrest, apparently caused by the repeated beatings he took during hazing, Dormitorio wrote in a journal the brutal treatment he received inside the academy.
Below are some journal entries, shared by Dexter Dormitorio, Darwin's brother.
No. 1 (No date) - Today I slept a lot during class. I never thought that being able to reach regular corps is very frightening even though the real thing did not start yet.
No. 2 (July 31, 2019) - Napakasama ng araw na ito para sa akin. Sumakit ang tiyan ko buong maghapon. Low morale na low morale na ako.
No. 3 (August 1, 2019) - Anong cake ang masakit? - Edi front cake, side cake, back cake.
No. 5 (August 3, 2019) - Wala akong joke ngayon sir dahil antok ako buong araw.
No. 6 (August 4, 2019) - Naalala ko ang aking pamilya. Isang linggo na pala simula noong nagkita kami ulit noong incorporation rites at miss ko na sila. Iba talaga pag usapang pamilya, maluluha ka.
No. 7 (August 5, 2019) - Dadating na daw ang lahat ng upperclass ngayon at kinakabahan na lahat kami 4CL sa Regular Corps. Expect ko na walang tulog for the whole week lalo na at init na init ang mga upperclass sa amin.
No. 16 (August 15, 2019) - Currently under investigation pa ako sa nangyari sa katawan ko. 'Di ka naisnais ang mga nangyari. Ininterview po ako at pinasulat. As much as ayoko mang pop out, ayokong madischarge talaga. Di daw sila maniniwala if besides maltreatment yung nagawa sakin. Sana sir all is well after ng lahat.
No. 17 (No date) - Andito pa din ako PMASH (PMA Station Hospital). Gusto ko na gumaling kasi nakakabagot dito sa PMASH.
Sa totoo lang sir masakit po talaga buong katawan ko lalo na pag gumalaw. Gusto ko, pagbalik ko ng barracks fully healed na ako at walang iniindang kahit ano para makapagsimula ulit.
One entry revealed a name already known to police.
"Yung paghahampas din ni Cdt. Imperial sa mukha dumugo din ng grabe yung ilong ko na grabe like sh*t sa buhos. Di ko alam na popout din pala kung sabihin (?) sa squadleader," Dormitorio wrote.
One of the 5 suspects in the case was a certain 3rd class Shalimar Imperial. Police had filed criminal charges against him, along with 3rd class Felix Lumbag, and 1st class Axl Rey Sanupao.
— Report from Angelo Andrade, ABS-CBN News