Maritime school tagged in 'hazing' death
MANILA, Philippines – An administrative case was filed against Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) relating to the death of a 17-year-old cadet in Zambales last May.
Excel Apura, the father of the victim, said his son Erik was killed in his first week as a cadet.
According to the doctor of PMMA, the 17-year-old Apura was suffering from urinary tract infection, which may have led to his death.
However, the doctor in the hospital where the victim passed away said Apura died due to kidney trauma.
The victim’s father alleged that his son was a victim of hazing.
PMMA, however, has denied the allegation.
“Pinagpush-up siya ng isang orientation staff. Kung sasabihin mo ‘yun ‘yung cause ng pagkamatay ng bata, hindi ‘yun sufficient eh,” said Mon Cruz, executive assistant for PMMA administrative and legal office.
The National Bureau of Investigation said the school’s administration may be held liable after investigations showed that another cadet was beat up.
Meanwhile, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said a human rights monitoring team must be formed to prevent hazing in police and military schools.
“Before training, during training and post-training, mayroong nagmo-monitor,” said CHR Chair Etta Rosales.
Last March, a video footage was surrendered to CHR which revealed hazing at the Philippine National Police Academy.
Nineteen individuals, including 5 women, were placed under the custody of police because of the footage. -- Report from Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News