The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) is investigating the death of a freshman cadet who succumbed to internal hemorrhage on Wednesday.
Officials suspect that Cdt. 4th Class Darwin Dormitori, 20, could have been a victim of hazing.
Lt. Gen. Ronnie Evangelista, PMA superintendent, said some of Dormitorio’s roommates and upperclassmen were placed under the PMA’s custody.
He said the Philippine National Police and National Bureau of Investigation had been invited to conduct their own investigation.
PMA spokesman Maj. Reynan Afan said on Thursday that Dormitorio complained of stomach pains before he died. Dormitorio called in sick and died in his dormitory room.
“The PMA is extending every necessary support to the family [of Dormitorio]. We ask for the understanding of the public in respecting the privacy of the family and the
PMA community to grieve the passing of Cdt. 4th Class Darwin D. Dormitorio, CCAFP (Cadet Corps Armed Forces of the Philippines),” Afan said in a statement.
“We will open up everything, no cover-up will happen, and the investigation will be fair and objective,” Evangelista told reporters.
The PMA superintendent said Dormitorio’s parents had requested that they be given privacy.
Dormitorio’s remains will be cremated and will be brought to his hometown in Cagayan de Oro City.