MANILA - Hazing victim Cadet Darwin Dormitorio's father is devastated over his son's brutal death especially since he has spent a big part of his life in the military.
Dormitorio's father, retired Army Colonel William Dormitorio, is a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1974.
Speaking to DZMM, Dexter Dormitorio, Darwin's brother, said their father is in pain over what happened.
"Yung tatay ko po, sa totoo lang, he is devastated. It just doesn't show kasi hindi siya nagpapakita sa media. Gusto niyang marinig lahat [and] to give way to an impartial investigation," he said.
"Sobrang damaged ang tatay ko na hindi niya alam anong gagawin. Part na talagang identity niya yung PMA eh, na doon siya grumaduate, nag-serve siya sa Armed Forces, sa special forces pa nga," Dexter added.
He added that his father cannot reconcile the fact that his son died in the institution that shaped him.
"Mahal niya 'yung PMA kasi 'yun 'yung humubog sa kaniya na maging kung ano siya ngayon. At the very same time, sobrang nasasaktan din siya kasi the very institution that he loves is what took his son away from him for good," he said.
"Kaya hindi siya makapagsalita, kaya hindi niya ma-express nang maayos kasi sobrang torn siya, sobrang nasasaktan siya," Dexter added.
'ANAK NG DIYOS'?
When asked whether Darwin was bullied because he was the son of a military man, Dexter said his brother never complained about it.
"Tinanong lang naman sila dati kung sino 'yung mga anak ng diyos. 'Yung anak ng diyos, ibig sabihin po noon, anak ng dating PMA na graduate. So, umamin siya. Marami naman po sila, hindi naman po nag-iisa 'yung kapatid ko. Pero never naman siyang nagsabi na napag-initan siya, he said.
While it is not verified, Dexter said it is possible that his brother may have been bullied after their father sent text messages directly to a senior tactical officer of the PMA.
Dexter said some of the other cadets, not only his brother, were complaining that they were always hungry, so their father sent a message to the officer.
"Siguro 'yung nangyari na isang beses, dalawang beses, na siguro napag-initan yung kapatid ko, sa akin lang 'to, is, twice kasi nagtext yung tatay ko sa senior tactical officer ng PMA na first is, 'yung reklamo kasi ng kapatid ko is, kaya niya 'yung training, kasi bago siya pumasok, itinerain siya ng tatay ko doon sa rigorous physical activities," he said, adding, "Yung reklamo ng kapatid ko parati is gutom sila."
"So 'yung tatay ko, 'yung nanay ko din, member ng chat group ng parents. So, 'yun din 'yung always complaint ng ibang mga bata sa parents nila. So 'yung tatay ko, took the initiative na sabihin na gutom palagi 'yung mga cadets niyo, I suggest you feed them properly. 'Yun po 'yung una niyang text," Dexter said.
His father also sent the officer a message when Darwin told him about a fellow cadet who was planning to leave the PMA.
"So sabi ng kapatid ko, Pa, ayaw ko siya mag-resign. Gusto ko, sabay kaming pumasok dito, sabay din po kaming lalabas. So 'yung tatay ko, noong na-receive niya 'yun, eh kilala niya rin po 'yung tatay ng bata. So ang itinext niya po, 'yung senior tactical officer ulit na cadet is planning to resign, sayang," Dexter said.
"So siguro po," he added.
Darwin, 20, died on September 18 after complaining of stomach pain. He was hospitalized twice in the previous month and had bruises on his stomach consistent with hazing.
Police have identified 7 suspects in Darwin's hazing death.