MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday said it has yet to receive a copy of the warrants of arrest issued by a court in Baguio City against six cadets and officers of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) who are facing charges for the death Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio.
In a statement, AFP spokesman Major General Edgard Arevalo said the Judge Advocate General will attend to the matter and give appropriate recommendation to the AFP chief General Felimon Santos Jr. as to the disposition of the named cadets.
The Regional Trial Court Branch 5 of Baguio City issued arrest warrants against 3rd Class Cadets Shalimar Imperial Jr. and Feliz Lumbag Jr., and Cadet Julius Carlo Tadena for murder charges over Dormitorio’s death due to hazing.
The local court also released warrants of arrest against the three officials from the PMA Station Hospital, namely, Lieutenant Colonel Ceasar Candelaria, Captain Flor Apple Apostol, and Major Maria Ofelia Beloy who have also been charged for murder.
Arevalo said six PMA cadets are under the custody of the general headquarters and are now facing trial before a General Court Martial for violation of Article of War 97 Conduct Prejudicial to Good Order and Military Discipline.
As to the officers who were ordered to be arrested, Arevalo said the Philippine Military Academy where they are assigned will take appropriate action.
“We once more commit to the court that we will cooperate and, when needed, assist in the swift dispensation of justice. We owe it to the people–especially to the parents of the late Cadet Darwin Dormitorio—and the community of PMA Alumni,” he added.
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