By Noreen Jazul and Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) has started an investigation on the cause of death of one of their cadets at Fort del Pilar, Baguio.
A military report stated that Fourthclass Darwin Dormitorio, 20, was found unconscious inside Room 209 of the Mayo Hall Annex at 3:40 a.m. on September 18. He was immediately taken to a hospital inside the PMA at Fort Del Pilar but was declared dead at 5:15 a.m.
“Investigation is still ongoing to ascertain the cause and details of his death,” the PMA said in a statement.
The PMA also sent condolences to the cadet’s family.
“He was a treasured cadet of the PMA community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dormitorio family,” the academy said.
The military academy assured the public that the overall well-being of all their cadets is “constantly and systematically being considered in every aspect of education and training.”
PMA superintendent Lt. Gen. Ronnie Evangelista, for his part, said there is “no conclusive statement yet,” about the case.
“The medico-legal examination is not yet finished,” he said.
In a separate report from the Baguio City Police, it stated that Dormitorio was seen vomiting at 1:00 a.m. inside the barracks and was complaining of stomach ache.
The police report was apparently quoting initial information obtained during the initial investigation.
“At around 4:00 a.m., he was brought to PMA Station Hospital and later pronounced dead at around 5:15 AM of same date,” the police report read.
Both the military and the police reports, however, stated that the cause of death was cardiac arrest secondary to internal hemorrhage.
As part of the protocol, the room where the PMA cadet was found was cordoned off.
“The room was declared off-limits and considered a crime scene,” the military report read.
The military report also stated that some cadets are now being subjected to investigation in connection with Dormitorio’s death.
“The Commandant of Cadets (COC) ordered the restrictive confinement of the upperclass and 4th Class squadmates of 4CL DORMITORIO for investigation,” the military report read.
“These cadets were brought and are still confined,” it added.