MANILA - A Navy officer and a general who oversaw military operations in restive parts of Mindanao have been appointed to top positions at the Philippine Military Academy, following the hazing death of one of its cadets.
Rear Admiral Allan Cusi, vice commander of the Philippine Navy, takes over as PMA superintendent next week, while Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Task Force Ranao in Marawi, has been named acting commandant of cadets, according to AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Noel Clement.
Cusi will replace Lt. Gen. Ronnie Evangelista, who quit his post Tuesday over the death of freshman cadet Darwin Dormitorio due to hazing. Brawner, meanwhile, will replace Brig. Gen Bartolome Bacarro.
Clement said the premier military school's systems and policies will be reviewed.
He said he has already directed the AFP Inspector-General to proceed to the PMA to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident.
He added that in line with the directive of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, a strip search of freshmen cadets is being undertaken to check if others were maltreated.
“Yung mako-confirm lang natin is there are three cadets in V. Luna, including the one in St. Luke’s Global that have been recently diagnosed as possible maltreatment cases," he said.
— Report from Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News