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7 PMA cadets tagged in Dormitorio’s death to be court martialed

Oct 15, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Court martial proceedings will run parallel to criminal cases filed against the cadets accused of hazing, torturing, and murdering the 20-year-old plebe

COMMANDANT. Brigadier General Romeo Brawner speaks to reporters at the Philippine Military Academy. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

When to quit

Oct 14, 2019 - 9:00 PM

When does resignation become an act of courage and a show of character? When does it serve the greater good?

Highest-ranking PMA cadet resigns over Dormitorio's death

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:01 PM

Cadet 1st Class Ram Michael Navarro, the brigade commander of the cadet corps or the class baron of PMA Masidlawin Class of 2020, cites command responsibility for his decision

'COMMAND RESPONSIBILITY.' Cadet 1st Class Ram Michael Navarro, the class baron of PMA Masidlawin Class of 2020, resigns on Wednesday, October 9. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Criminal complaints filed vs 7 suspects in PMA cadet Dormitorio's hazing death

Oct 08, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'I would like to tell my brother, this is just Part I of the battle. We will not stop hanggang hindi napapanagot ang lahat,' says Dexter Dormitorio

[OPINION] Enough of words! Hazing needs no new solution

Oct 05, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Every solution to hazing at the Philippine Military Academy has been tried and found wanting. What should be done?

PMA’s record of hazing deaths

Oct 04, 2019 - 8:27 AM

(UPDATED) On the flipside of the Philippine Military Academy’s proud history of churning out military and police generals is a list of cadets who died as a result of hazing

COURAGE, INTEGRITY, LOYALTY. Cadets at the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City are now honor-bound to tell if they have experienced or perpetrated hazing. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Dormitorio family: We seek justice for Darwin, and more

Oct 03, 2019 - 4:31 PM

‘We also want to preserve the reputation of the institution…. This is for the kids who want to join the academy in the future,’ says the victim's brother, Dexter Dormitorio

'Have heart and soul,' new PMA chief tells cadets

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Rear Admiral Allan Cusi formally takes his post two weeks after the gruesome death of a cadet exposed the horrors of hazing within the Philippines' premier military school

HEART AND SOUL. Rear Admiral Allan Cusi addresses cadets as he takes over as superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City on October 1, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Hazing? What hazing?

Oct 01, 2019 - 8:00 PM

We are all under siege, all on trial over Darwin Dormitorio's death and over his classmates’ and schoolmates’ participation in the everyday steps that led him to his last vomit

Police probe shows Dormitorio’s life inside PMA was living hell

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:19 PM

(UPDATED) Darwin Dormitorio was barely 21 days at the Philippine Military Academy when his ordeal – which would lead to his death – started

[OPINION] Fraternities are insecure men’s clubs

Sep 30, 2019 - 3:30 PM

You have to be really insecure to want to sacrifice your morals just to make sure you have a safety blanket when you graduate

Brawner bares tools in PMA war vs hazing: Mental healthcare, honor code

Sep 28, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Brigadier General Romeo Brawner, the new PMA Commandant of Cadets, bares his battle plan for his so-called war against hazing

COMMANDANT. Brigadier General Romeo Brawner speaks to reporters at the Philippine Military Academy. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

AFP appoints new PMA superintendent, commandant of cadets

Sep 26, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Brigadier General Romeo Brawner Jr 'declares war on hazing,' as the military grapples with the fatal hazing of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio

WAR ON HAZING. Brigadier General Romeo Brawner Jr has been appointed PMA Commandant of Cadets to replace Brigadier General Bartolome Bacarro who resigned. Brawner says he is "declaring war on hazing." File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

'Darwin died a hero': Hundreds pay tribute to PMA cadet in Cagayan de Oro

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio dreamed to be a 'changemaker' – a dream many believe he achieved in his brief life

soldiers from the Army's 4th Infantry Division carries the casket of Philippine Military Academy Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio at the Cagayan de Oro Gardens in Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

3rd PMA cadet hospitalized for suspected hazing – AFP

Sep 25, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Three cadets from the country's premier military school are recuperating from injuries sustained from suspected hazing

PREMIER MILITARY ACADEMY. The facade of the Philippine Military Academy building in Fort del Pilar, Baguio City. Photo by Pediapediahan/Wikimedia Commons

PMA identifies suspects in cadet's hazing death

Sep 24, 2019 - 3:10 PM

(UPDATED) Cadets 3rd Class Shalimar Imperial and Felix Lumbag – Darwin Dormitorio’s superiors – are expelled from the Philippine Military Academy

PREMIER MILITARY ACADEMY. The facade of the Philippine Military Academy building in Fort del Pilar, Baguio City. Photo by Pediapediahan/Wikimedia Commons

PMA chief resigns over death of cadet Darwin Dormitorio

Sep 24, 2019 - 12:08 PM

(6th UPDATE) 'In the military tradition of command responsibility, it is now the proper time for me, as the head of the institution, along with the Commandant of Cadets, to relinquish our respective positions,' says PMA Superintendent Lieutenant General Ronnie Evangelista

PMA OFFICIALS. PMA Superintendent Lt Gen Ronnie Evangelista (middle), Commandant of Cadets Brig Gen Bartolome Vicente Bacarro (right), and Assistant PMA Superintendent Nestor Florente Rayos (left) hold a press conference at PMA Longayban Hall on September 24, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Darwin Dormitorio's lifelong dream was to join the PMA

Sep 23, 2019 - 10:42 PM

(UPDATED) 'Ever since we were in high school, all he ever wanted was to be in the PMA, and he pursued that with passion,' says one of Darwin Dormitorio's friends

LIFELONG DREAM. Friends say it was Darwin Dormitorio's lifelong dream to join the Philippine Military Academy. Photo provided by Ashley Ravidas

2 more PMA cadets injured from hazing

Sep 23, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he has ordered the Philippine Military Academy superintendent to have all plebes examined for bruises or any indication that they may have been subjected to hazing

NO HAZING. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says hazing is not the way to toughen up cadets, adding he himself never went through it as a cadet at the Philippine Military Academy. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

CDO congressman calls for resignation of PMA head over hazing death

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:31 PM

The House is set to conduct a probe into the death of cadet Darwin Dormitorio, per resolution filed by AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr

Duterte angered by deadly hazing at PMA

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Malacañang laments the 'failure in leadership' at the Philippine Military Academy which it blamed for the death of 20-year-old Darwin Dormitorio

CLASS 2019. President Duterte salutes the graduates of the Philippine Military Academy in May 2019.

2 more PMA cadets persons of interest in hazing death

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:11 PM

The 3 other cadets initially considered as persons of interest are now classified as suspect

PMA CADET. The Philippine Military Academy and police are probing the death of 20-year-old Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio. Photo from the Facebook page of Darwin Dormitorio

AFP to 'let wheels of justice turn' in death of PMA cadet

Sep 22, 2019 - 2:26 PM

AFP chief General Benjamin Madrigal says all those involved in the death of PMA Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio 'will be made accountable'

PMA CADET. The Philippine Military Academy and police are probing the death of 20-year-old Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio. Photo from the Facebook page of Dormitorio

PMA admits ‘blunt force trauma’ killed cadet, vows reforms

Sep 20, 2019 - 3:13 PM

‘PMA did not only lose a cadet. PMA also lost sons. One son passed away and the other sons may have lost their way,’ an official statement says

File photo from PMA's website

PMA cadet died due to hazing – police

Sep 20, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Police say there are 3 persons of interest in the death of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio

PMA CADET. The Philippine Military Academy is probing the cause of death of 20-year-old Cadet 4th Class Cadet Darwin Dormitorio. Photo from the Facebook page of Darwin Dormitorio

PMA plebe dies due to internal bleeding

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:53 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Commandant of Cadets has ordered the restrictive confinement of the upperclass and 4th class squadmates of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio in line with the investigation into his death

PMA CADET. The Philippine Military Academy is probing the cause of death of 20-year-old Cadet 4th Class Cadet Darwin Dormitorio. Photo from the Facebook page of Darwin Dormitorio

LIST: These celebrities are also reservists in the AFP

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The AFP reserve force is now star-studded

RESERVISTS. Matteo Guidicelli, Dingdong Dantes, and Vilma Santos are among the celebrities who are part of the AFP reserves. Rappler file photos

Rocco Nacino enlists in training to be army reservist

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:50 AM

Rocco signs up to be a reservist after training with the AFP for 'Descendants of the Sun'

TRAINEE. Rocco Nacino signs up for training to be an army reservist. Screenshot from Facebook.com/RoccoNacinoOfficialPage

‘Never be silenced’: U.P. community leads walkout vs campus militarization

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:17 PM

University of the Philippines students and faculty members stand united for a systemwide walkout in defense of academic freedom

Duterte to 'fill up' Negros Island with military troops

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'I will never declare martial law, except in Mindanao because it is really needed there, because of rebellion,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, as he ruled out a martial law declaration in Negros Island

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 40th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sara Duterte: 'True martial law' is when military takes over courts, gov't

Aug 02, 2019 - 3:00 PM

'Kapag mag martial law ka, dapat the truly strict, real sense martial law,' says the President's daughter

DAVAO CITY CHIEF. Mayor Sara Duterte believes Davao City should be exempted from the coverage of martial rule in Mindanao. Photo from the Facebook page of the City Government of Davao

Ex-general Ligot compelled to present evidence in P55-M forfeiture case

Jul 17, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Retired Lieutenant General Jacinto Ligot may have won a tax case over the military 'pabaon' scandal but he has no choice but to proceed to presentation of evidence in a related forfeiture case

FORFEITURE CASE. Retired Lieutenant General Jacinto Ligot fails to get an outright dismissal of his P55M forfeiture case pending before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] A facade of smiles over the Recto Bank incident

Jun 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

From within the government's ranks, all is definitely not well with President Duterte’s pro-Beijing policy

Battle-scarred Philippine general leads military command fighting terrorists

Jun 28, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Major General Cirilito Sobejana assumes command of the military's Western Mindanao Command on Friday, June 28

MEDAL OF VALOR. Major General Cirilito Sobejana assumes command of the Western Mindanao Command on June 28, 2019. File photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Erwin Tulfo declared persona non grata by PMA alumni

Jun 10, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The alumni association of the Philippine Military Academy 'strongly condemns the boorish behavior and derogatory remarks' of Erwin Tulfo against Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista

APOLOGY ACCEPTED. Malacañang says Filipinos should move on from Erwin Tulfo's (left) remarks against Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Generals snub red-tagging hearing at Court of Appeals

Jun 06, 2019 - 6:11 PM

The generals, including national security adviser Hermogenes Esperon and defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana, are required to attend the hearing on July 11

WRIT OF AMPARO. (L-R) Human rights lawyers Rachel Pastores, Czarina Musni and Edre Olalia attend a hearing before the Court of Appeals on June 6, 2019, on the writ of amparo accusing the Philippine military of red-tagging and harassment. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Duterte Youth's Cardema to remain on PMA board of advisers

Jun 04, 2019 - 7:53 PM

PMA Spokesman Major Rey Afan says Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema will keep his seat in the school's board of advisers 'per protocol'

ADVISER. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema (front, 3rd left) stands as a member of the Philippine Military Academy over a decade after he was dismissed as a cadet. Sourced photo

Malacañang on Erwin Tulfo: He apologized, let's move on

Jun 03, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Though saying it's still on Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista's side, the Palace says it accepts Erwin Tulfo's apology

Photo by Angie de Silva

Dismissed as PMA cadet, Duterte Youth's Cardema now school's adviser

May 31, 2019 - 8:46 PM

He has been named to the Philippine Military Academy board of advisers in his former capacity as National Youth Commission chairperson

ADVISER. Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema (front, 3rd left) stands as a member of the Philippine Military Academy nearly a decade after he was dismissed as a cadet. Sourced photo

'He's the President': Albayalde defends Duterte PMA rape joke

May 27, 2019 - 12:44 PM

'He's the President, hindi naman natin pwedeng sabihin sa kanya kung ano ang dapat niyang sabihin at hindi,' says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde, a member of the PMA class of 1986

PARDONED. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the pardon for all outstanding punishments to Philippine Military Academy undergraduates. Screengrab from RTVM

Duterte sat out PMA diploma distribution because he was 'sleepy' – Panelo

May 27, 2019 - 10:28 AM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte delegated the task of handing out diplomas to 'reserve his energy' for the rest of the graduation rites

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the pardon for the punishments for the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) underclassmen during the commencement exercises of the PMA ‘Mabalasik’ Class of 2019 at Fort General Gregorio Del Pilar in Baguio City on May 26, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte sits out diploma distribution of PMA Class of 2019

May 26, 2019 - 5:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte hands out diplomas to only two of 261 Philippine Military Academy cadets during their graduation

SEATED. President Rodrigo Duterte spent most of the diploma distribution sitting. Screengrab from RTVM

Valedictorian of PMA Class 2019 honors mother in her speech

May 26, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Dionne Mae Umalla, 21, delivers a heartfelt valedictory speech, as she recounts the sacrifices of her mother, a retired teacher in Ilocos Sur

The Members 261 cadets of the “Mabalasik” Class of 2019 of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Duterte cracks rape jokes as he pardons PMA cadets

May 26, 2019 - 2:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte jokes that underclassmen of the Philippine Military Academy committed rape. This is not the first time the President has joked about the serious crime.

PARDONED. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the pardon for all outstanding punishments to Philippine Military Academy undergraduates. Screengrab from RTVM

'My mother is my hero': Female cadet from Ilocos Sur tops PMA Class 2019

May 21, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Cadet First Class Dionne Mae Apolog Umalla will graduate as number one among her 262 classmates or mistahs of the Philippine Military Academy's Mabalasik Class of 2019

CLASS VALEDICTORIAN. Cadet 1CL Dionne Mae Apolog Umalla from Barangay Alilem Daya, Alilem, Ilocos Sur is present at the Philippine Military Academy's Longayban Hall in Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Human rights lawyers seek Supreme Court protection from army ‘harassment’

Apr 15, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers says that since the start of Duterte's presidency, a total of 55 lawyers have been attacked or threatened, 36 of whom were killed

PROTECTIVE WRITS. The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) run to the Supreme Court to ask for a Writ of Amparo and a Writ of Habeas Data citing threats from the military. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

PH, U.S. forces play up friendship amid calls for defense treaty review

Apr 12, 2019 - 4:58 PM

'Balikatan is not just a fulfilment of our obligations under the Mutual Defense Treaty, but a commitment to solidify and strengthen the friendship of our nations,' says Defense Undersecretary Cardozo Luna

CLOSING CEREMONY. Balikatan 2019 closes with US Ambassador the Philippines Sung Kim and Philippine National Defense Undersecretary Cardozo Luna, and military officials from both countries. Photo by Naoki Mengua/Rappler

LOOK: World's most advanced stealth aircraft featured in Balikatan 2019

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:21 PM

The F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Force appears for the first time in the Philippines, onboard the US Navy's USS Wasp during the Balikatan 2019 amphibious exercises in Zambales

ADVANCED AIRCRAFT. F-35B Lightining II jets make their debut in the Balikatan exercises during the amphibious exercise at Naval Education Training Command in Zambales on 11 April 2019. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Balikatan 2019: PH, U.S. forces 'take over' beach in Zambales

Apr 11, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Philippine and US forces bring out battle-ready ships and vehicles as they complete an exercise to take control of a shorefront in the Naval Education Training Center in Zambales

COMBINED EXERCISES. Philippine and US armed forces conduct amphibious exercises in San Antonio, Zambales as part of Balikatan 2019. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

PH, U.S. troops claim victory in Tarlac 'assault mission'

Apr 10, 2019 - 4:19 PM

The Philippine and US armed forces bring out their equipment for an explosion-filled exercise in Crow Valley, Tarlac

ASSAULT. PH and US simulate an attack during their live-fire exercise at the Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base in Tarlac. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler