Malacañang “bothered’ by another death of PMA cadet

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The palace expressed concern on Monday regarding the death of another Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet.

“We’re bothered by the death of another plebe who could be an outstanding military officer if he were able to finish his course,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters.

Freshman cadet Mario Telan Jr. was found dead at the bottom of the campus pool following a swimming class last Friday. Baguio police conducted an initial investigation that showed no indication of foul play in the drowning incident, stressing the incident was a possible negligence on the part of the instructors.

Panelo said the swimming instructors should “reassess their protocols so that they can provide safety to their trainees.”

Telan’s family intends to bring home his remains to Enrile, Cagayan.

Telan’s passing came recently after fellow cadet Darwin Dormitorio was brutally mistreated on September 18. Dormitorio’s family file a hazing, murder, and torture charges against the seven cadets suspected of maltreatment that caused Dormitorio’s death.