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Panelo wants PMA superintendent to resign over death of cadet: He’s a weak boss!

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By Prince Golez

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador is calling for the resignation of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Superintendent Lt. Gen. Ronnie Evangelista following the death of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio due to hazing.

In an interview on ANC Monday, Panelo called Evangelista a “weak boss” because he allowed the practice of hazing despite its being banned by law.

“If I were the superintendent, and I would not know what is happening in my academy, then I have no business staying in my position. How come there is stilling hazing there, I cannot even understand that. When you are the boss, then you should be telling your underlings, ‘I will not allow it. I’ll fire all of you or I’ll put you to jail’. But if you are not … if you’re a weak boss, then this will happen,” according to him.

Asked if a revamp should take place at the PMA, Panelo said: “I think there should be an investigation, as the House of Representatives is asking for it. And if it shows that indeed there has been negligence on the part of the superiors, then they should be prosecuted administratively.”

The Palace official also proposed to classify hazing as a heinous crime.

“To my mind, as a lawyer, I think it’s about time we make it a heinous crime. If you want to stop all of this, just like if you want to stop corruption, then do what the President says,” he added.

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