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Hazing deaths from brutality are unending in Philippines

Latest death is a cadet,

MANILA – The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) said Sunday it would file administrative and criminal charges for those liable in the death of hazing victim Darwin Dormitorio last week.

Dormitorio, 20, had bruises on his stomach consistent with hazing, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“The PNP investigation has already concluded that it is maltreatment. The PMA is ready to file appropriate charges, administrative and criminal charges to those who are involved,” PMA spokesperson Maj. Ray Afan told ANC.

Afan said the PMA will leave “no stone unturned” in its investigation into the cadet’s death.

“All the administrative lapses… will be reviewed for this not to happen again,” he said. “We have also directed all persons involved to directly coordinate and cooperate with the respective investigations.”

The academy does not condone maltreatment among its ranks, Afan stressed.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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