PMA has at least 27 maltreatment cases to investigate

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PMA has at least 27 maltreatment cases to investigate
The PMA is investigating at least 27 cases of alleged maltreatment, a report from theAFP revealed.

The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) is investigating at least 27 cases of alleged maltreatment, a report from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) revealed. 

Fifty-two cadets have been moved to confinement pending investigation on these 27 cases, said the Inspector General of the AFP from based on the documentations dated from September 16 to 27. 

The confidential report, which was seen by Philippine Inquirer, was completed in late September.  

The Department of Tactical Officers in the Baguio City-based military school are investigating 38 third Class cadets (sophomores), seven cadets each from 2nd and 1st Class (juniors and seniors), wherein five of those are female cadets. 

Meanwhile, 22 4th Class cadets (freshmen) have been reported to be admitted in different hospitals for the same allegation as of September 27. 

PMA commandant of cadets Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. therefore confirmed that other alleged hazing cases are also being investigated. 

Most of these alleged maltreatments begin unfolding after the death of Darwin Dormitorio due to maltreatment also. 

“This was an outcome of the medical examination on plebes that was ordered by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana after Dormitorio’s death. We are being careful with the ongoing investigations. The cadets should be accorded due process,” Brawner said in Filipino. 

Some of those students who are being questioned are confined in a holding area, while some have been reporting to class, added Brawner. 

Moreover, some of those who were brought to hospitals have already returned to PMA. 

Complacent handling of cadets 

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PMA commandant of cadets Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. | Image Source: MSN Philipines, Twitter

“The complacency is also evident in the case of Dormitorio where he was not protected, being an SIQ, from the upper class cadets and for not bringing him to the hospital earlier on the night of 17 Sept.,” stated the report. 

This is also the reason for a deeper investigation among the tactical officers, who are supposed to be directly responsible for the administration and discipline of the cadets. 

In Dormitorio’s case, there was no immediate action after the findings about the cadets who manifested such injuries. 

Those who face criminal charges for Dormitorio’s death are PMA Cadets 3rd Class Shalimar Imperial, Felix Lumbag Jr., John Vincent Manalo, Julius Carlo Tadena, and Rey David John Volante; Cadet 2nd Class Christian Zacarias; and Cadet 1st Class Axl Rey Sanopao.

Tactical officers Maj. Rex Bolo and Cpt. Jeffrey Batistiana, and doctors Lt. Col. Cesar Candelaria, Cpt. Apple Apostol, and Maj. Ofelia Beloy are also facing charges. 

Brawner said reforms and review of policies have already been initiated in the Philippine Military Academy after the death of the cadet. 

However, he admitted that some things take time to be effective in stopping the alleged culture of violence in the country’s leading military school. 

However, he admitted that some things take time to be effective in stopping the alleged culture of violence in the country’s leading military school. 

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