Published On: Fri, Sep 20th, 2019

PMA cadet died due to hazing – police

Police say there are 3 persons of interest in the death of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio

Published 11:14 AM, September 20, 2019

Updated 11:23 AM, September 20, 2019

PMA CADET. The Philippine Military Academy is probing the cause of death of 20-year-old Cadet 4th Class Cadet Darwin Dormitorio. Photo from the Facebook page of Darwin Dormitorio

PMA CADET. The Philippine Military Academy is probing the cause of death of 20-year-old Cadet 4th Class Cadet Darwin Dormitorio. Photo from the Facebook page of Darwin Dormitorio

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio died due to injuries caused by hazing, Baguio police said on Friday, September 20.

A medico-legal officer of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Baguio City confirmed this, according to media reports.

ABS-CBN News reported that according to police, there were 3 persons of interest in the case.

Dormitorio died on Wednesday, September 18, after complaining of stomach pain and vomiting. The PMA said in a progress report on Thursday, September 19 that the initial findings showed he died of internal bleeding, leading to suspicions of hazing.

The 20-year-old plebe from Cagayan de Oro City was found unconscious inside Room 209 of Mayo Hall Annex Wednesday morning. He was rushed to the PMA Station Hospital at around 4 am that day and was declared dead more than hour later.

The official cause of death is “cardiac arrest secondary to internal hemmorhage.”

The Commandant of Cadets (COC) had earlier ordered the restrictive confinement of the upperclass and 4th class squadmates of Dormitorio for investigation.

The PMA had also earlier asked help from the PNP Scene of Crime Operatives to process the crime scene – Mayo Annex Hall, where Dormitorio was found unconscious. – Rappler.com

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