PNP, NBI probe death of PMA cadet

BAGUIO CITY — An official of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) on Thursday said the probe into the death of a fourth-class cadet is now in the hands of the police and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Major Reynan Afan, acting chief of PMA’s Public Affairs Office, said in a statement that the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the NBI have been invited to look into the case to “ensure fair, objective and transparent investigation”.

“As the PMA community continue to mourn the passing of one of its sons, continuous cooperation with competent proper authorities have been initiated,” he said.

He said the PMA is extending support to the family of Darwin Dormitorio, 20, of Cagayan de Oro City.
Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) director Colonel Allen Rae Co said an in-depth investigation into Dormitorio’s death is ongoing.

“BCPO is currently in the process of conducting an in-depth investigation of the incident in close coordination with the administration of PMA. We will be releasing the result of our investigation upon its conclusion,” Co said.

Initial investigation showed that Dormitorio died of cardiac arrest secondary to internal hemorrhage on Wednesday morning at the PMA station hospital.

According to the police report, at around 1 a.m. Wednesday, the cadet was complaining of stomach ache and started vomiting inside their barracks.

He was brought to the PMA station hospital and was pronounced dead by the attending physician at 5:15 a.m./Liza Agoot (PNA)