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Madrigal says he won’t tolerate hazing, vows impartial probe into PMA cadet’s death

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Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-staff, Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr. will conduct an impartial probe into the death of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet Fourth Class Darwin Dormitorio.

“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 said in a message to reporters.

Madrigal directed the PMA to conduct a thorough and speedy investigation to shed light into the incident.

He said the military would continue to undertake necessary steps to ensure that this tragic incident is properly investigated, and to prevent it from happening again.

“Let it be known that 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 human life,” he said.

Initial investigation showed that Dormitorio, native of Cagayan de Oro City, succumbed to cardiac arrest secondary to internal hemorrhage, allegedly caused by hazing, at the PMA station hospital early Wednesday.

According to a police report, the cadet complained of stomach ache and started vomiting inside their barracks around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

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