(NOVEMBER 7, 2019) – The family of slain Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet Darwin Dormitorio has filed a complaint at the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) seeking to revoke the licenses of four physicians who last examined the cadet, for alleged negligence and dishonorable conduct.
Dexter Dormitorio, the older brother of Darwin, represented the family in the complaint-affidavit which accused the four doctors at the PMA Station Hospital (PMASH) of neglecting indications of physical abuse when he was brought there before he died.
Captains Apple Apostol and Allain Saa, Major Maria Ofelia Beloy, and Lt. Col. Cesar Candelaria were the subject of the complaint.
On September 17, they diagnosed Dormitorio with urinary tract infection and discharged the cadet after eight hours. Autopsy results revealed the cause of death was internal bleeding due to several hits in the abdomen.
The four PMASH personnel were charged with “immoral or dishonarable conduct and gross negligence, ignorance, or incompetence in the practice of his or her profession resulting in an injury to or death of the patient.”
They also allegedly committed violations of the Code of Ethics of Physicians, International Code of Medical Ethics, and the Hippocratic Oath of Physicians.
Apostol, Beloy, and Candelaria had been subjects of a complaint filed by the Dormitorio family for dereliction of duty.
The complaints against the hospital personnel were the latest in a string of charges against the institution.
Earlier, the Dormitorio family filed cases against the two top leaders of the PMA, Lt. Gen. Ronnie Evangelista and Brig. Gen. Bartolome Bacarro, for failure to prevent maltreatment at the academy.
Seven PMA upperclassmen had been charged with murder, hazing, and torture over Dormitorio’s death. Five cadets remain detained by the military while two others are in the PMA’s holding center.
PMA Cadet First Class Ram Navarro, the brigade commander of the Cadet Corps, also resigned from his post for command responsibility. (Randell Ritumalta / JMF)