Kabataan solon condemns PMA hazing, seeks justice for cadet’s death

Kabataan Party-list Rep. Sarah Elago / photo from Bombo Radyo

Kabataan party-list Rep. Sarah Elago condemned the death of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet Darwin Dormitorio within academy grounds and calls for an investigation to shed light on the incident.

“The investigation should shed light on why a healthy and fit 20-year old who passed PMA’s strict requirements died due to “cardiac arrest secondary to internal hemorrhage” after less than two months as a PMA cadet,” Elago said

“We also want to know what steps authorities took when Darwin earlier complained of stomach pain and was seen vomiting hours before being found unconscious at PMA Mayo Hall Annex Room 209,” she added.

TMS learned that PMA Superintendent Lieutenant General Ron Evangelista earlier confirmed that the autopsy of Dormitorio showed the freshman cadet had bruises on different parts of his body.

“We join his parents in looking forward to an investigation into Darwin’s death. Cadets and students everywhere don’t expect deaths to happen inside schools, especially in the country’s most prestigious military academy,” Elago said.

“Could Darwin’s life have been saved if authorities quickly addressed complaints of stomach pain and brought to the PMA Station Hospital? Why wait for him to pass out and for his condition to get so worse that he could not be saved?” the Makabayan lawmaker added.

“I will immediately confer with Cagayan de Oro Reps. Rolando Uy and Rufus Rodriguez on what we in Congress could do to honor Darwin and his family, and to make sure his death would be fully investigated,” she said.

“Tayo ay makikiisa sa pagkundena sa hazing at panawagan ng hustisya!” Elago also said.

Meanwhile, the PMA reportedly announced on Friday that three upper-class cadets have been identified as “persons of interest” in relation to the death of Dormitorio.

At least three upperclassmen of Dormitorio were placed under PMA restrictive custody at the barracks and treated now as persons of interest, says Manila Bulletin report.

Source: Politiko

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