Hazing, murder, torture charges filed vs. 7 PMA cadets, 5 others involved in Dormitorio’s death

Darwin Dormitorio, a Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet confirmed to have died from hazing | Photo courtesy: Darwin Dormitorio/Facebook

The Dormitorio family has filed criminal cases of violation of the anti-hazing law, anti-torture and murder against seven (7) Philippine Military Academy (PMA) involved in the untimely death of freshman cadet Darwin Dormitorio.

On Tuesday, Dexter Dormitorio, brother of the late cadet, filed the complaint before Baguio City Prosecutor Erwin Sagsago.

Among those charged were 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.

He also tagged Darwin’s tactical officers as accomplices in three cases identified as Maj. Rex Bolo and Capt. Jeffrey Batistiana. Dormitorio also filed a case of dereliction of duty against three doctors from the PMA Station Hospital such as Col. Cesar Candelaria, Capt. Apple Apostol and Maj. Ofelia Beloy.

Dexter also revealed that their family is planning to charge former commandant of cadets Brig. Gen. Bartolome Bacarro.

“I would like to tell my brother, This is just Part I of the battle. We will not stop hanggang hindi napapanagot ang lahat. This is what our family wanted:  an airtight case,” the older Dormitorio said.

On September 20, the 20-year-old 4th class cadet  died after complaining of vomiting and stomach pain. It was also reported that he was rushed to the hospital twice last month and also had bruises on his stomach due to consistent hazing.

The Baguio Police also revealed that a flashlight with a built-in taser was used to torture and punish the late freshman cadet.


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