MANILA The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday assured that justice will be given to the maltreatment victims and the families.
"But by moving forward, the AFP does not mean simply advancing and forgetting the incident. We yearn to push forth having in mind timely dispensation of justice and positive changes for the Academy," said AFP spokesperson Marine Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo in a statement Wednesday.
Maltreatment incidents in the PMA, the country's premier military school, came into light after the recent death of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio and hospitalization of several other cadets.
Two ranking officials of the PMA also tendered their voluntary resignation while several tactical officers and cadets were charged in connection with the incident.
"The AFP owes that to the family, the public, and you the members of media, who are watching closely. We will not renege on our commitment," he said.
Arevalo also appealed to the public not to judge the PMA by the actions of these misfits in the Cadet Corps but instead observe the measures being implemented to remedy these errors.
"Once again, we declare that the PMA is not a perfect organization. She has in the ranks of the Cadet Corps misfits who need to be dealt with accordingly. Let's allow to prosper the measures that have already been instituted and the changes that continue to be implemented to address the problem," he pointed out.
Arevalo earlier urged the public to stop spreading videos showing hazing among its cadets, as it maintained that the leadership of the PMA is doing all it can to stamp out maltreatment within its premises.
"We appeal to the public to stop spreading the video. No one benefits from it. Both the Academy and the Dormitorio family have been severely battered with the stories that came out in the news. And showing videos of the said kind will only add insult to injury. Let us allow the family and the PMA to heal and the Corps of Cadets to learn from its mistake and move on," he added.
While the videos confirm that maltreatment incidents happen in the PMA as proven by the death of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio last September 18, Arevalo said that such act of violence does not represent the academy.
The spokesperson added the PMA has demonstrated that it is serious in eradicating maltreatment from its ranks as proven by the series of cases filed against the individuals behind the death of Dormitorio and hospitalization of several others.
The viral video showed two fourth class cadets who were hit in the head with a helmet, punched in the stomach and kicked by their upperclassmen. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency