- A cadet in the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy was found dead in the restroom
- The cadet was a 4th class cadet named Jonas Bondoc and he was declared dead on arrival by the hospital
- Details have not yet been made available by the academy and the commandant of the cadets resigned after the incident
- The battalion officer and the company officer have also relinquished their positions
Fourth-Class Cadet Jonas Bondoc, of the PMMA was found lifeless in the restroom of the academy.
He was found around 6:30 a.m. in the restroom of their barracks, GMA reported.
The cadet was rushed to the San Marcelino District Hospital, however, he was declared dead on arrival.
The cause of his death has not yet been determined though. An Inquirer report stated that a colleague of the victim was already arrested, as he admitted to having punched the deceased cadet.
Three officers of the PMMA tendered their courtesy resignations following the incident.
Those who resigned include the commandant of cadets, battalion officer and the company officer.
According to Radyo Bandera, the resignation was to pave the way for a fast and impartial investigation of the incident.
The PNP San Narciso has already initiated their investigation and the academy promises to work hand in hand with PNP.
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The Philippine Merchant Marine Academy, otherwise known as the PMMA, is a merchant marine academy. It is considered one of the military academies in the country. It is operated by the government of the Philippines.
Government-operated academies like the PMMA, along with PMA, PNPA, and others are often put in the spotlight due to controversial events. Previously, a PMA cadet has also died and his family sought for justice. The name of the victim was Dexter Dormitorio.
On the other hand, there are also stories of exemplary achievements. For instance, a 21-year-old female graduated from PMA as the class valedictorian. Cadet First Class Dionne Mae Apolog Umalla led her class during graduation in 2019.
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