No special detention cell for cashiered PMA cadets

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BAGUIO CITY – No special detention cell will be accorded for the three cashiered third class cadets of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) accused in the hazing and eventual death of 4th class cadet Darwin Dormitorio September last year.

Baguio City police director Col. Allen Rae Co said former 3rd class cadets Felix Lumbag Jr., Shalimar Imperial Jr. and Julius Carlo Tadena, who were ordered arrested by Baguio City Regional Trial Court Branch 3 Judge Maria Ligaya Itliong-Rivera this week will be mixed with common detention prisoners at the Baguio City jail while on trial.

Lumbag Jr. and Imperial Jr. were earlier indicted for allegedly murdering Dormitorio together with PMA Hospital doctors Lt. Col. Ceasar A. Candelaria, Major Ma. Ofelia Beloy and Captain Flor Apple Apostol, while Tadena was indicted for hazing.

No bail was recommended for the three dismissed cadets while Candelaria, Beloy and Apostol were allowed to post bail for P200,000.00.

Only Beloy so far had posted bail, Col. Co said.

Co said they are arranging for the transfer of the three cashiered cadets from a stockade area at Camp Aguinaldo, the AFP’s main headquarters.

The three are also undergoing military court martial proceedings, Col. Co said.

Meanwhile, the Dormitorio’s have petitioned the justice department to take a second look at the culpabilities of former PMA Superintendent Major Gen. Ronnie Evangelista and former Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Bartolome Baccaro after dismissing the complaints of murder and hazing complaints against them.

The Dormitorios were disappointed with the June 25 DOJ resolution that only indicted the three cadets and the three PMA hospital officials in the maltreatment that rocked the PMA of late, calling it as “selective application of the hazing law.”

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