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Another PMA cadet dies, body found in pool

BAGUIO CITY — A fourth class cadet who was a classmate of slain Cadet Fourth Class Darwin Dormitorio drowned at the Philippine Military Academy’s swimming pool Friday, Nov. 8.

PMA spokesperson Captain Cheryl Tindog said Cadet Fourth Class Mario Telan Jr., a member of Alpha Company, attended his swimming class from 11 am to 12 noon Friday but was unaccounted for in his next classes. The ensuing search led to the discovery of Telan’s body in the 15-foot deep end of the academy’s swimming pool.

He was immediately brought to the Fort del Pilar Station Hospital but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.

A thorough investigation is now being conducted, Tindog assured, “to determine the events that transpired leading to this incident.”

Tindog also vowed that the PMA will undertake all needed actions and protocols “to deal with any infraction and/or irregularity.”

Due to the incident, all swimming classes of cadets are temporarily halted by the PMA “until such time that the incident has been properly addressed.”

Tindog said that the PMA, still reeling from the death of Cadet Fourth Class Darwin Dormitorio from hazing, “deeply grieves for this unfortunate loss of one of our sons.”

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All necessary assistance will be extended to the bereaved family and loved ones of Cdt 4Cl Telan, Tindog also assured.