Ako Bicol Rep. Garbin asks Mayor Magalong to ensure proper investigation on the death of another PMA cadet
Ako Bicol partylist Rep. Alfredo Garbin has asked Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong to ensure that the death of another cadet at the Philippine Military Academy will be properly investigated.
A cadet of the PMA was recently found lifeless in a swimming pool at the said institution. This incident cane months after cadet Darwin Dormitorio died due to alleged maltreatment arising from hazing.
Garbin was one of the principal authors of the New Anti-Hazing Law or the Republic Act 11053.
“We appeal to Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong to exercise his supervisory authority over the Baguio PNP as provided in the Local Government Code,” Garbin said.
“We ask Mayor Magalong to do everything he possibly can to make sure no stone is left unturned and that the PNP investigation is conducted with utmost professionalism and integrity,” he added
The Ako Bicol solon also appealed to the PMA, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Department of National Defense to keep the PMA from “deteriorating into a graveyard where parents and communities send some of the best of the Filipino youth.”
“No parent wants to send their beloved son or daughter to die at the PMA even before they graduate,” said Garbin.
“We urge the PMA to fully disclose the physical and medical condition of every PMA cadet now at the Academy. We ask the Public Attorney’s Office and Philippine General Hospital to go to the PMA now to render legal and medical assistance. We implore upon the PMA to give the PAO and PGH unfettered access to the cadets, especially the Fourth Class Cadets,” he said.