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Arrest warrants out vs suspects in PMA cadet killing

Frank Cimatu
(UPDATED) The arrest warrants issued are for Julius Carlo P. Tadena, Shalimar G. Imperial, Felix Lumbag Jr, Captain Flor Apple Apostol, Major Maria Ofelia Beloy, and Lieutenant Colonel Ceasar Candelaria

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – Branch 5 of the Regional Trial Court here in Baguio issued arrest warrants last Tuesday, July 7, against those accused in the killing last year of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet Fourth Class Darwin Dormitorio

Presiding Judge Maria Ligaya V. Itliong-Rivera issued the first warrant against Julius Carlo P. Tadena for the Violation of RA 11053 or the Anti-Hazing Law. (READ: PMA identifies suspects in cadet’s hazing death)

Another arrest warrant was issued by Judge Itliong-Rivera for Shalimar G. Imperial Jr and Felix Lumbag Jr. 

Former Cadets Third Class Imperial and Lumbag, who were indicted for murder by the Baguio City Prosecutors Office last June 5, were said to have tortured and harassed the 20-year-old Dormitorio for months leading up to his death on September 17, 2019. (READ: 2 cadets, 3 PMA doctors indicted for murder in Dormitorio death)

Together with Tadena, the two were also indicted for the violation of the Anti-Hazing Law. Rivera indicated there was no bail for the three accused.

Meanwhile, also ordered arrested were Captain Flor Apple Apostol of Fort del Pilar Station Hospital (FDPSH) at PMA; Major Maria Ofelia Beloy of FDPSH; and Lieutenant Colonel Ceasar Candelaria, also of FDPSH. 

PMA doctors Apostol, Beloy, and Candelaria were indicted for murder due to negligence.

Apostol, Beloy, and Candelaria have bail set to P200,000 each.

AFP responds

In a statement, Major General Edgard Arevalo said the AFP has yet to receive a copy of the arrest warrant issued by the Baguio RTC, but added its Judge Advocate General will “attend to the matter and give appropriate recommendation to the AFP Chief of Staff General Felimon Santos, Jr. as to the disposition of the named cadets.”

The statement added 6 PMA cadets are under the custody of the general headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and have been arraigned. They are now “facing trial before a General Court Martial for violation of Article of War 97 – Conduct Prejudicial to Good Order and Military Discipline.”

Meanwhile, the PMA where the officers named in the court process are assigned will take appropriate action.

“We once more commit to the court that we will cooperate and, when needed, assist in the swift dispensation of justice. We owe it to the people–especially to the parents of the late Cadet Darwin Dormitorio—and the community of PMA Alumni,” the statement added. – Rappler.com