Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Tuesday said that bad luck has just stricken the two Philippine Military Academy (PMA) students who died separately under the custody of the school. 

“Minalas lang ‘yun,” Dela Rosa said in an interview with ANC’s Headstart when he was asked about the deaths of the two cadets. 

In September, the PMA received criticisms after the death of cadet Darwin Dormitorio due to hazing. 

Just this weekend, another cadet, identified as Mario Telan Jr, was found dead after drowning in the PMA swimming pool

“They are separate incidents. Two isolated incidents. Yung isa, hazing. Ito naman itong death sa swimming pool, hindi ‘yun hazing, ” Dela Rosa stated, adding that these incidents happened because of the instructors’ negligence. 

“Bakit yung bata, yung kadete na non-swimmer, napabayaan dun, lumubog na pala, di nila na-account, so negligence lang on part of the instructors bakit napabayaan ‘yun,” he said. 

When asked if the military school leaders should be held responsible for the act, the former Phillippine National Police chief agreed. 

“They should be accountable for their actions. May namatay eh, so pag may namatay, may mananagot,” Dela Rosa said. 

Meanwhile, he is still not sure about his plans to conduct Senate hearings regarding the recent deaths. 

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