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Source says confined PMA cadet vomiting blood


An anonymous source revealed to GMA News that one of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) 4th Class cadets confined at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Medical Center in V. Luna, Quezon City has been vomiting blood.

Photographs given by the source to Marisol Abdurahman for "24 Oras” show Cadet 4th Class Orlino Abuel hooked to a nasogastric tube or NGT which is administered to patients who have stomach trauma.

The tube brings food and medicine straight to the stomach through the nose.

The source declined to specify when the photo of Abuel was taken.

The AFP also previously confirmed that another 4th class cadet, Dwight Bentayo, is confined at the AFP Medical Center.

Ltc. Cesar Candelaria, commanding officer of the PMA Station Hospital, said the two are under intensive care and observation.

“Right now, what we have in the holding center are some cadets involved in the case of Cadet 4th Class Abuel and Cadet 4th Class Bentayo,” PMA Commander of Cadets Bgen. Bartolome Bacarro added.

Meanwhile, AFP Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said in a press conference Tuesday that a third cadet was admitted to the V. Luna Hospital on Monday “because of traces of maltreatment.”

“Per investigation, they were punched in their abdomen and this apparently caused this pain that they are now experiencing,” he said of the three cadets confined.

All 4th class cadets are currently undergoing a medical check-up ordered by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

On September 18, 20-year-old Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio died of suspected hazing. He was rushed to the hospital five times prior to his death.

PMA chief Superintendent Lt. Gen. Ronnie Evangelista submitted his resignation on Tuesday following the hazing controversies. — Julia Mari Ornedo/BAP, GMA News