- The chief of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) has submitted his resignation
- His decision to quit from his post was due to the hazing controversy
- The PMA head also aired his thoughts about what happened
Superintendent Lt. Gen. Ronnie Evangelista, the head of Philippine Military Academy (PMA), has decided to resign after the hazing controversy that killed one of their cadets.
KAMI learned that the said institution for aspiring soldiers was involved in a heavy issue after cadet Darwin Dormitorio bore physical trauma and passed away eventually.
Evangelista quipped that the probe was already finished early Tuesday and the criminal charges are being prepared for those involved in the brutal hazing.
He also mentioned that he already submitted his resignation papers to Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, the chief of staff of the Armed Forces, to pave way for “impartial investigation.”
He even admitted that no one forced him to quit from his post, and that he “somehow” failed because of the death of Dormitorio, who was one of their aspiring soldiers.
"I think this is now the right time for me and the commandant and others to step down to pave way for the impartial investigation if still needed," the superintendent stated when interviewed by CNN Philippines.
"We did practically everything. But you know accidents happen… But whatever the reason is, may namatay talaga and somehow, really, I failed," he added.
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Because of his resignation, a lot of netizens commended Evangelista for taking full responsibility and for quitting with dignity.
Here are the reactions of netizens:
“Dignity is far more better than any position. Salute to you Sir. God has better plans for your life. God bless!”
“The PMA Superintendent abides by the PMA motto – Courage, Integrity, and Loyalty!”
“You’ll be an inspiration to your other colleagues. Hope this will serve a lesson to all of them, salute to you!”
“Things such as this could happen to a good leader. Something good might come out of it to the institution. Bless you, sir.”
“I salute you for taking responsibility for this.”
“That's the right thing to do to prevent any untoward cover-up. That one is a brave action.”
In a previous article by KAMI, the girlfriend and family of Dormitorio revealed that the cadet really prepared for his journey in the PMA.
Philippine Military Academy (PMA) is an established institution for those who are planning to become part of the Armed Forces. Its main camp is located in Baguio City.
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