Hazing, murder, torture: 7 PMA cadets, 5 others charged for Dormitorio death


Posted at Oct 08 2019 07:04 PM | Updated as of Oct 08 2019 11:28 PM


MANILA - Seven Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadets have been charged with hazing, murder and torture over the death of freshman cadet Darwin Dormitorio.

The Dormitorio family filed the complaint Tuesday before Baguio City Prosecutor Erwin Sagsago.

Among those charged were PMA Cadets 3rd Class Shalimar Imperial, Felix Lumbag Jr., John Vincent Manalo, Julius Carlo Tadena and Rey David John Volante, Cadet 2nd Class Christian Zacarias, and Cadet 1st Class Axl Rey Sanopao.

Also charged were tactical officers Maj. Rex Bolo and Capt. Jeffrey Batistiana, and doctors Col. Cesar Candelaria, Capt. Apple Apostol and Maj. Ofelia Beloy.

The Dormitorio family is also planning to charge former commandant of cadets Brig. Gen. Bartolome Bacarro.

Dormitorio, 20, died Sept. 18 after taking beatings from his upperclassmen. He was hospitalized twice in the month leading to his death and had bruises on his stomach consistent with hazing.

Police investigation also revealed that an improvised stun gun was used to electrocute the cadet.

-- With a report from Micaella Ilao, ABS-CBN News