THREE cadets suspected of direct involvement in the hazing death of a Philippine Military Academy (PMA) plebe this September have been identified.
Brig. Gen. Bartolome Vicente Bacarro, the resigned commandant of the Cadet Corps, told a news conference on Tuesday in Baguio City that they were: Cadet 3rd Class Shalimar Imperial, Cadet 3rd Class Felix Lumbag, and Cadet 1st Class Axl Rey Sanupao.
Bacarro said Sanupao allegedly encouraged the maltreatment of PMA Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio who died from injuries in hazing rites last September 18.
Others linked to Dormitorio’s death were: Cadet 2nd Class Nickoel Termil, the squad leader, for command responsibility; Cadet 1st Class Irvin Sayud, the platoon leader, and Cadet 1st Class Elbert Lucas, the commanding officer.
Sayud and Lucas are facing suspension.
Cadet 1st Class Christian Correa, the floor inspector, was meted with “class one” offense under PMA regulations.
Relieved from their posts as of September 20 were Maj. Rex Bolo, the senior tactical officer, and Capt. Jeffrey Batistiana, the tactical officer.
The commanding officer, Col. Cesar Candelaria, and Capt. Flor Apostol, Dormitorio’s attending physician, from the PMA Hospital were relieved from their posts.
It was Apostol who checked Dormitorio on the night of September 18 when he was rushed to the hospital for vomiting profusely but diagnosed him as having only urinary tract infection (UTI). Dormitorio died hours later. DEMPSEY REYES