THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday assured the public that all persons involved in the death of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio will be held accountable and will be turned over to authorities for a thorough and speedy investigation.
The assurance was made by AFP Chief of Staff General Benjamin Madrigal Jr.
The AFP Chief of Staff also conveyed his most heartfelt and sincerest condolences to the family of Cadet Dormitorio.
He said he already directed the Philippine Military Academy to thoroughly and speedily investigate Dormitorio’s death to shed light on the incident.
“We will also hand over those responsible to proper authorities and let the wheel of justice turn. “ Madrigal said.
“The AFP assures that all individuals involved in this unfortunate incident will be made accountable as we continue to uphold the highest degree of accountability and transparency within our ranks,” he added.
Madrigal stressed that the AFP does not tolerate any kind of action that will endanger the lives of their members.
“The AFP does not tolerate any kind of action that endangers the lives of all our members, more so future leaders of our organization. We hold every soldier, cadet, and civilian employee with the highest standards of professionalism and respect for the human life,” Madrigal said.
Madrigal stressed that the AFP will continue to undertake necessary steps to ensure that the tragic incident is properly investigated and to prevent it from happening again.
Meanwhile the PNP now considers as suspects the three PMA cadets initially named persons of interest.
The three are upper classmen of Dormitorio composed of two 3rd class cadets and one first class cadet.
According to Baguio City Police Director Police Colonel Allen Rae Co, the PNP prepared charges against the suspects after the statements of other cadets matched with the result of the autopsy conducted by the Baguio PNP Crime Laboratory on the victim’s body.
The Baguio PNP has been reported to have declared Dormitorio’s case as a hazing death.
Based on the investigation, Dormitorio was rushed to PMA station hospital thrice.
The first time was on August 20 and he was confined until August 27, 2019.
The second was on September 7, 2019 and the last on September 17, 2019.