PMA sacks 2 swimming teachers over drowning of cadet

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Posted at Nov 22 2019 03:41 PM | Updated as of Nov 22 2019 06:43 PM

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MANILA (UPDATE) - The Philippine Military Academy announced Friday that 2 of its swimming teachers were sacked following the Nov. 8 drowning of a cadet.

Swimming teachers Robert Bete and Antonio Catalan were found "negligent and imprudent" during the swimming session that led to the death of Cadet Fourth Class Mario Telan Jr, the PMA said.

Both Bete and Catalan are barred from holding public office and from taking the civil service examinations. They have yet to comment on the PMA's decision.

"The PMA is committed to leaving no stone unturned on the case of Cadet Fourth Class Telan, and will continue to institute measures for the safety of all cadets so that this tragic incident will not be repeated.

Sanctions for 2 Fourth Class Cadet marchers who failed to account their classmates before and after the swimming class meanwhile are still being discussed, the PMA said.

The PMA also announced that swimming classes would remain suspended until it has placed all the needed safety measures.

It noted that it is also arranging to have a team from the Philippine Navy Special Operations Group to be part of all water-borne training activities of the Cadets.