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12 face raps over PMA cadet’s death

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By Philippine News Agency

BAGUIO CITY – The family of fourth class cadet Darwin Dormitorio formally filed criminal cases before the City Prosecutor’s Office against seven Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadets and five soldiers over his death on September 18.

MURDER WRAPS – Dexter Dormitorio finally filed, Tuesday late afternoon in the Baguio Prosecutor’s Office, murder, anti-hazing, anti-torture and negligence cases against 7 PMA cadets, 3 doctors and 2 tactical officers involve in the death of his younger brother Darwin a plebe in the academy that died of hazing on September 17. Accepting the complaints is Baguio City Prosecutor Edwin Brian Sagsago, with him are his lawyer Jose Adrian Bonifacio and Baguio City Police Dir. PCol. Allen Rae Co. (JJ Landingin  / MANILA BULLETIN)

MURDER WRAPS – Dexter Dormitorio finally filed, Tuesday late afternoon in the Baguio Prosecutor’s Office, murder, anti-hazing, anti-torture, and negligence cases against 7 PMA cadets, 3 doctors and 2 tactical officers involved in the death of his younger brother Darwin, a plebe in the academy who died of hazing on September 17. Accepting the complaints is Baguio City Prosecutor Edwin Brian Sagsago, with him are his lawyer Jose Adrian Bonifacio and Baguio City Police Dir. PCol. Allen Rae Co. (JJ Landingin / MANILA BULLETIN)

Dexter Dormitorio, Darwin’s brother, filed cases for violation of the anti-hazing, anti-torture laws and for murder against cadet 1st class Axl Rey I. Sanopao, cadet 2nd class Christian M. Zacarias, cadets 3rd class Shalimar G. Imperial Jr., Felix M. Lumbag, Julius Carlos Tadena, Rey David John D. Volante, and John Vincent M. Manalo.

Also charged were Capt. Flor Apply A. Apostol, Maj. Maria Ofelia R. Beloy, Col. Cesar Candelaria, Maj. Rex Bolo, and Capt. Jeffrey Batistiana.

“It’s now up to the prosecutors, sila ang magde-determine ng probable cause (they will determine the probable cause). We are hoping of course that they will find merit in the cases we filed and they will be filing the cases ultimately,” Police Col. Allen Rae Co, Baguio City police director, said.

Co said it will be the court that will issue a warrant of arrest upon judicial findings of probable cause to issue such warrant.

“[When there is already a warrant of arrest] that’s the time na papasok po tayo ulit to take into custody itong mga kadete (we will come in to take custody of the cadets),” he said.

Co said the seven cadets are currently inside the PMA holding center, some are in the stockade and physically isolated from the other cadets.

He, however, said for the whereabouts of the five officers, “we do not have any idea.”

“Yung officers po naman, they will be made to answer yung cases nga po (they will be made to answer the cases) and if prosecutor finds merit and the case will push through, baka magkaroon din po sila ng (there could also be) warrant of arrest and the same thing goes for them,” Co said.

On September 18, Darwin was found inside his room at the PMA unconscious by fellow cadets and was brought to the hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

READ MORE: Dormitorio’s18 hours of hell at PMA

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