“We want justice to be served to my brother but at the same time, we also want to prevent hazing from happening all together in any institution in any organization,” Dexter Dormitorio told members of the media here on Thursday.
Dexter, the elder brother of Darwin, arrived in Baguio City to file case against the suspects in the brutal death of his brother on September 18 at the PMA.
The family has commissioned a private lawyer, Jose Adrian Bonifacio, to help in assuring that the case which will be filed against the suspects in his brother’s death will be airtight.
Dexter together with their lawyer met with the Baguio City Police Office Director Col. Allan Rae Co to make sure that documents and pieces of evidence are well taken into account in the case.
“We have to finalize the paper works. As much as possible we want it to be very complete. It should be as airtight as possible,” Dexter said.
“We want to consolidate everything to make sure that all pieces of evidence are at hand and that the proper charges will be well defined. We do not want to file a case which will just be dismissed. It is a very complicated case so we really need to piece together all of the angles in this case,” Bonifacio said.
Along with the family’s cry for justice, Dexter said they are still hopeful that the PMA’s reputation which was tarnished by this tragic incident would be repaired.
“My father (Retired Colonel Wilfredo Dormitorio) loves his alma mater and also the values na naturo doon sa Academy, that’s what he used to raise us his children,” Dexter said.
This is also for the sake of the children who want to join the academy and other institutions in the future, he added.
Baguio City Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong earlier praised the Dormitorio family for allowing the death of their son as an opportunity to pave the way for the PMA to enforce the necessary reforms to improve its existing systems to prevent similar incidents in the future.
In a press briefing on Monday, the Police Regional Office – Cordillera Regional Director PBGen. Ephraim Israel Dickson and Co presented the timeline of the maltreatment suffered by the 20 year old Cadet Dormitorio from his upper classmen from August 19 up to his death in the morning of Sept. 18.
“Parang pinatay si Dormitorio ng dahan-dahan,” Co said.
Co identified the seven cadets who will be charged with violation of the Anti-Hazing law as Cadet First Class Axl Rey Sanopao, third class cadets Shalimar Imperial, Felix Lumbag Jr., Julius Carlo Tadena, Rey David John Volante and John Vincent Manalo, and cadet second class Christian Zacarias.
Dickson named two physicians, Captain Flor Apple Apostol and Major Ofelia Beloy who attended to Dormitorio at the PMA Station Hospital, could be charged with criminal negligence as well.
These seven cadets and two PMA personnel were earlier sanctioned by PMA. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis