PMA Cadets Charged With Murder

The Baguio City prosecutor’s office approved the filing of hazing and murder charges against three Philippine Military Academy cadets, its former hospital chief, and two doctors over the death of cadet fourth class Darwin Dormitorio last year.

Cadets Shalimar Imperial, Jr. and Felix Lumbag, Jr. will face charges for hazing and murder. Cadet Julius Carlo Tadena will face charges for hazing and “less serious physical injuries.” Charges for “slight physical injuries” were approved against cadet Christian Zacarias.

The city prosecutor approved the filing of murder charges against former PMA Hospital chief Lieutenant Colonel Ceasar Candelaria and medical officers Captain Flor Apple Apostol and Major Maria Ofelia Beloy.

Prosecutors cleared former PMA superintendent Lieutenant General Ronnie Evangelista and former cadet commandant Brigadier General Bartolome Bacarro for lack of probable cause. Both resigned after Dormitorio’s death.

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