PMA hazing: 2 more cadets hospitalized

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PMA hazing 2 more cadets hospitalized
AFP Spokesman confirmed two more victims of PMA hazing were hospitalized. (Image from Inquirer News – Inquirer.net)

PMA hazing sent two more cadets to the hospital after killing one last week.

Armed For­ces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesman Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo confirmed that two other PMA cadets are now confined to the hospital after suffering hazing.

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Arevalo said that the two Philippine Miltary Academy cadets who experienced hazing are currently recovering at the hospital.

The AFP spokesperson refused to name the cadets as the investigation continues. However, he said the cadets have 4th Class rank.

The said cadets were classmates of the deceased hazing victim Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio, 20, who died just last week, September 18.

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According to Arevalo, one of the cadets was admitted to the hospital on September 17 while the second was on September 21. They were suspected of having undergone hazing.

Arevalo said the upperclassmen the two cadets identified are currently at the PMA Holding Center for investigation.

He also said that the cadets complained of severe abdominal pain. The cadets were now recovering from the maltreatment at PMA Station Hospital. Doctors monitor their condition for 24 hours.

PMA hazing

In the hazing case, Arevalo said six were facing administrative charges; four were likely to be expelled from the academy, one was facing class 1 offense or the highest category of punishment imposed on offending cadets.

Meanwhile, police identified two other persons of interest linked to the death of Dormitorio. As a result, five cadets have been subjected to PMA’s custodial investigation.

Nine other cadets were considered as witnesses to the hazing incident.

Authorities have not named the other two persons of interest but PMA Spokesman Major Reynan Afan said they would be charged with violating the Anti-Hazing law if found guilty of maltreatment.

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