Prosecutor okays indictment of PMA cadets in Dormitorio hazing-death

The Baguio City prosecutor’s office has recommended the indictment of three Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadets and several others in connection with the hazing death of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio last year.

This was after probable cause was established against cadets Shalimar Imperial, Jr., Felix Lumbag, Jr., and Julius Carlo Tadena.

Imperial and Lumbag will be sued for murder, while Tadena will face charges for less serious physical injuries.

Also, the filing of murder charges was approved against former PMA Station Hospital chief Lt. Col. Ceasar Candelaria and medical officers Capt. Flor Apple Apostol and Maj. Maria Ofelia Beloy.

On the other hand, cadets Axl Rey Sanopao, Rey David John Volante, John Vincent Manalo, and tactical officers Maj. Rex Bolo and Capt. Jeffrey Batistiana were exonerated for lack of evidence.

Likewise cleared were former PMA superintendent Lt. General Ronnie Evangelista and former cadet commandant Brig. Gen. Bartolome Bacarro.

Dormitorio, 20, died after complaining of stomach pain. He was confined at the hospital twice and had bruises on his stomach consistent with hazing.

Malacañang condoled with the family of Dormitorio, and lamented a failure in PMA leadership in relation to preventing the incident.

Hazing incidents and frat-related violence have been plaguing the country’s premier military training institution and other law schools, some of which resulted in deaths.

President Rodrigo Duterte last year signed a stronger anti-hazing law, in response to the hazing death of University of Santo Tomas law freshman Horacio Castillo III. #

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