MANILA - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday asked netizens to stop spreading viral videos of two hazing incidents at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), seen online weeks after the alleged hazing death of cadet Darwin Dormitorio.
The videos of the incidents, which happened in 2017 and 2018, surfaced on the internet, especially on social media, early this week.
"We appeal to the public to stop spreading the video. No one benefits from it. Both the Academy and the Dormitorio family have been severely battered with the stories that came out in the news. And showing videos of the said kind will only add insult to injury," AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said in a statement.
"Let us allow the family and the PMA to heal and the Corps of Cadets to learn from its mistakes and move on."
PMA officials earlier confirmed that the hazing episodes happened inside the academy.
"The videos confirm that maltreatment happens in PMA. That has been established especially in the case of Cadet Dormitorio. Much as we mourn his death, we maintain that these cases do not represent the entire PMA training. And maltreatment is neither sanctioned nor tolerated in PMA," Arevalo said.
Dormitorio, of Cagayan de Oro City, died at the PMA barracks in Baguio City after sustaining multiple blows to the abdomen. Investigation showed he endured physical abuse on the days leading up to his death.
The suspects in his death are now under court-martial proceedings, facing multiple administrative and criminal cases.