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No bail for 10 Aegis Juris fratmen in Atio Castillo hazing case

Jan 03, 2020 - 10:40 PM

The judge finds 'evidence of guilt of each of the accused to be strong'

BAIL DENIED. Members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity are escorted by jail guards as they attend their arraignment in connection to the Atio Castillo hazing charges at the Manila RTC Branch 20 at the Manila City Hall on July 24, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong

Military chief disagrees with call to halt PMA cadet recruitment

Oct 25, 2019 - 10:21 PM

This, after a lawmaker called for a yearlong ban on freshman enrollments at the country's premier military school, following reports of 27 alleged hazing cases including some recorded on video

EFFORTS ENOUGH? Military chief Lieutenant General Noel Clement declined a lawmaker's call to halt cadet recruitment at the Philippine Military Academy, where more cases of alleged hazing were recently discovered. File photo by DARREN LANGIT

WATCH: Hazing inside the PMA barracks

Oct 23, 2019 - 4:54 PM

The videos prove that hazing 'happens in PMA,' the military says as it vows strong efforts to end the practice in the country's premier military school

HAZING IN BARRACKS. Screenshot from a sourced video showing PMA cadets hazing fellow cadets in their dormitory inside campus

7 PMA cadets tagged in Dormitorio’s death to be court martialed

Oct 15, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Court martial proceedings will run parallel to criminal cases filed against the cadets accused of hazing, torturing, and murdering the 20-year-old plebe

COMMANDANT. Brigadier General Romeo Brawner speaks to reporters at the Philippine Military Academy. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

Criminal complaints filed vs 7 suspects in PMA cadet Dormitorio's hazing death

Oct 08, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'I would like to tell my brother, this is just Part I of the battle. We will not stop hanggang hindi napapanagot ang lahat,' says Dexter Dormitorio

[OPINION] Enough of words! Hazing needs no new solution

Oct 05, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Every solution to hazing at the Philippine Military Academy has been tried and found wanting. What should be done?

PMA’s record of hazing deaths

Oct 04, 2019 - 8:27 AM

(UPDATED) On the flipside of the Philippine Military Academy’s proud history of churning out military and police generals is a list of cadets who died as a result of hazing

COURAGE, INTEGRITY, LOYALTY. Cadets at the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City are now honor-bound to tell if they have experienced or perpetrated hazing. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Dormitorio family: We seek justice for Darwin, and more

Oct 03, 2019 - 4:31 PM

‘We also want to preserve the reputation of the institution…. This is for the kids who want to join the academy in the future,’ says the victim's brother, Dexter Dormitorio

After signing anti-hazing law, Duterte now says hazing can't be eliminated

Oct 01, 2019 - 11:04 PM

'Hindi ko talaga maalis 'yan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte a year after he signed the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte applauds as he witnesses the graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) ‘Mabalasik’ Class of 2019 celebrate following the commencement exercises at Fort General Gregorio Del Pilar in Baguio City on May 26, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Have heart and soul,' new PMA chief tells cadets

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Rear Admiral Allan Cusi formally takes his post two weeks after the gruesome death of a cadet exposed the horrors of hazing within the Philippines' premier military school

HEART AND SOUL. Rear Admiral Allan Cusi addresses cadets as he takes over as superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City on October 1, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Hazing? What hazing?

Oct 01, 2019 - 8:00 PM

We are all under siege, all on trial over Darwin Dormitorio's death and over his classmates’ and schoolmates’ participation in the everyday steps that led him to his last vomit

Police probe shows Dormitorio’s life inside PMA was living hell

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:19 PM

(UPDATED) Darwin Dormitorio was barely 21 days at the Philippine Military Academy when his ordeal – which would lead to his death – started

[EDITORIAL] Pakinggan ang taghoy ng mga magulang

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:23 AM

Are Darwin Dormitorio and the other victims of hazing sacrificial lambs at the altar of barbarism?

U.P. frat member dies after latest hazing exposé

Sep 29, 2019 - 11:51 AM

UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan appeals to the public to stop posting and forwarding social media messages related to the student's death

Gatchalian calls for suspension of U.P. frat in latest hazing incident

Sep 28, 2019 - 8:54 PM

Aside from hazing, the fraternity also stands accused of having lewd conversations about women from a sister sorority

SUSPEND SIGMA RHO. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is calling for the suspension of the entire UP Sigma Rho fraternity after reported hazing within the brotherhood.

U.P. community condemns frat-related violence, impunity over leaked chat

Sep 27, 2019 - 7:02 PM

The University of the Philippines Diliman Student Council has put one of its councilors under preventive suspension for alleged involvement in the hazing activity

Student groups from the University of the Philippines Diliman hold a mobilization protest against fraternity-related violence on Thursday, September 25. Photo by Jaia Yap/Rappler

Hazing as torture: Netizens cry for #JusticeForDarwin

Sep 26, 2019 - 11:19 AM

In light of the death of PMA Cadet Darwin Dormitorio, netizens debate on 'murderous tradition' of hazing

3rd PMA cadet hospitalized for suspected hazing – AFP

Sep 25, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Three cadets from the country's premier military school are recuperating from injuries sustained from suspected hazing

PREMIER MILITARY ACADEMY. The facade of the Philippine Military Academy building in Fort del Pilar, Baguio City. Photo by Pediapediahan/Wikimedia Commons

PMA chief resigns over death of cadet Darwin Dormitorio

Sep 24, 2019 - 12:08 PM

(6th UPDATE) 'In the military tradition of command responsibility, it is now the proper time for me, as the head of the institution, along with the Commandant of Cadets, to relinquish our respective positions,' says PMA Superintendent Lieutenant General Ronnie Evangelista

PMA OFFICIALS. PMA Superintendent Lt Gen Ronnie Evangelista (middle), Commandant of Cadets Brig Gen Bartolome Vicente Bacarro (right), and Assistant PMA Superintendent Nestor Florente Rayos (left) hold a press conference at PMA Longayban Hall on September 24, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

2 more PMA cadets injured from hazing

Sep 23, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he has ordered the Philippine Military Academy superintendent to have all plebes examined for bruises or any indication that they may have been subjected to hazing

NO HAZING. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says hazing is not the way to toughen up cadets, adding he himself never went through it as a cadet at the Philippine Military Academy. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

CDO congressman calls for resignation of PMA head over hazing death

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:31 PM

The House is set to conduct a probe into the death of cadet Darwin Dormitorio, per resolution filed by AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr

Duterte angered by deadly hazing at PMA

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Malacañang laments the 'failure in leadership' at the Philippine Military Academy which it blamed for the death of 20-year-old Darwin Dormitorio

CLASS 2019. President Duterte salutes the graduates of the Philippine Military Academy in May 2019.

2 more PMA cadets persons of interest in hazing death

Sep 23, 2019 - 2:11 PM

The 3 other cadets initially considered as persons of interest are now classified as suspect

PMA CADET. The Philippine Military Academy and police are probing the death of 20-year-old Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio. Photo from the Facebook page of Darwin Dormitorio

AFP to 'let wheels of justice turn' in death of PMA cadet

Sep 22, 2019 - 2:26 PM

AFP chief General Benjamin Madrigal says all those involved in the death of PMA Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio 'will be made accountable'

PMA CADET. The Philippine Military Academy and police are probing the death of 20-year-old Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio. Photo from the Facebook page of Dormitorio

IN PHOTOS: Indonesia forest fire haze reaches the Philippines

Sep 21, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Haze from the forest fires raging in Indonesia drifts across central and southern Philippines

HAZE.  Haze seen from the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

PMA admits ‘blunt force trauma’ killed cadet, vows reforms

Sep 20, 2019 - 3:13 PM

‘PMA did not only lose a cadet. PMA also lost sons. One son passed away and the other sons may have lost their way,’ an official statement says

File photo from PMA's website

PMA cadet died due to hazing – police

Sep 20, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Police say there are 3 persons of interest in the death of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio

PMA CADET. The Philippine Military Academy is probing the cause of death of 20-year-old Cadet 4th Class Cadet Darwin Dormitorio. Photo from the Facebook page of Darwin Dormitorio

Duterte signs law on total hazing ban

Jul 11, 2018 - 7:00 PM

With the signing of the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018, all forms of hazing are illegal. The law also imposes fines as additional penalties for those who plan and participate in hazing rituals.

PNP Academy beatings: Tradition turning into tragedy

Apr 10, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Rappler interviews alumni from different batches of the PNP Academy, revealing how a treasured tradition recently wound up as tragedy

LIST: 44 PNP Academy cadets face charges over 2018 graduation mauling

Apr 04, 2018 - 3:46 PM

The 44 cadets face administrative charges for grave misconduct or neglect of duty

PNP Academy cadets 'threatened' by seniors to join 2018 mauling

Apr 03, 2018 - 4:45 PM

An investigation panel finds that Philippine National Police Academy cadets from lower batches were ordered to join the mauling or else they would be harmed

VIOLENCE IN PNPA. Academy cadets march inside Camp Castañeda. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP Academy beating caught on video may just be 'celebratory' – Dela Rosa

Apr 02, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Even the PNP's top officials trade blows in jest, says Director General Ronald dela Rosa, who then demonstrates 'playful' punches during a press briefing

IN JEST. PNP chief Dela Rosa demonstrates how he punches fellow generals to greet them. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP chief Dela Rosa: Academy hazings made me who I am today

Apr 02, 2018 - 10:14 AM

''Yung lahat ng dinaanan kong paghihirap, diyan ako naging disiplinado at diyan ako naging director ngayon,' says Dela Rosa

WHAT DOES IT TAKE? PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosa speaks at a press conference at Camp Crame Headquarters on Monday, March 26, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[EXCLUSIVE] Video in 2017 shows beating at PNP Academy

Mar 27, 2018 - 8:10 PM

A source identifies one of the punishers in the 2017 video as one of the victims in the 2018 PNPA graduation mauling: Police Inspector Ylam Lambenecio

TRADITION? PNPA cadets appear to hit each other with a paddle inside the academy grounds. Rappler screengrab

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Jan 24, 2018 - 9:12 PM

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The different angles in Atio Castillo's hazing case

Nov 07, 2017 - 4:24 PM

Ventura's testimony is seen as a breakthrough in the hazing case, but Senator Lacson asks: could he be a Trojan horse?

HAZING. The death of freshman law student Horacio Castillo III triggers Senate investigations that have so far threshed out key details in a sensational case of hazing.

A sad reunion: Firefighter who rescued Atio Castillo visits wake

Sep 27, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Firefighter Lords Hernandez reunites with the family whom he helped rescue during a fire in Paco, Manila in 2005, but there is no cause for celebration

REUNION. Firefighter Lords Hernandez and his teammate pay respect to Horacio Castillo III, the same boy whom they rescued in a fire more than a decade ago. Photo by Yvette Fernandez

Drilon admits he underwent fraternity hazing

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:00 AM

'Like Senator Gordon, Senator Lacson, we all went through this in our younger days. We all know what happens in initiation rights when you go through hazing,' says Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Aegis Juris, the UST frat allegedly behind latest hazing death

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:30 PM

One of the 3 fraternities based in the UST Faculty of Civil Law, Aegis Juris subscribes to the motto 'Do no injustice, suffer no injustice'

What's happening to hazing cases in the Philippines?

Feb 18, 2017 - 2:15 PM

There are 14 reported hazing deaths in the last 22 years since the Anti Hazing Law was passed but only one conviction so far

UP CMC condemns 'dehumanizing' hazing incident

Mar 03, 2016 - 1:03 PM

Hazing has no place in a university that upholds honor and excellence says the UP College of Mass Communication

DEHUMANIZING. The University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication says there is no room for a 'dehumanizing act' in their institution

EDITORIAL CARTOON: Stop the charade, ban hazing

Jul 14, 2014 - 7:30 AM

The least that our powerful men and women could do to make up for their long years of silence is to collectively condemn hazing and pave the way for its criminalization

Charges filed vs 20 Benilde hazing suspects

Jul 11, 2014 - 2:51 PM

UPDATED At least 4 suspects however have fled the country before formal complaints were filed

3 more suspects in Benilde hazing have left the country

Jul 11, 2014 - 2:16 PM

Once criminal charges are filed against the suspects the Department of Foreign Affairs can cancel the passports of those abroad so they can be deported

DRAGGED. This CCTV footage shows Guillo Cesar Servando being dragged along the corridors of a condominium in Manila. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

17 Benilde hazing suspects on immigration lookout list

Jul 10, 2014 - 6:36 PM

See the list of suspects here The Philippine National Police and the National Bureau of Investigation will also file a case against them on Friday July 11

DRAGGED. This CCTV footage shows Guillo Cesar Servando being dragged along the corridors of a condominium in Manila. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Is it time for schools to recognize fraternities?

Jul 10, 2014 - 10:21 AM

If you do not recognize fraternities on campus they go underground

DRAGGED. This CCTV footage shows one of the victims of the hazing incident being dragged along the corridors of a condominium in Manila. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

BI: One of Benilde hazing suspects has fled to the US

Jul 09, 2014 - 3:38 PM

Kevin John Navoa one of the suspects in the hazing rites that killed 1 student and injured 3 others can be deported from the US once the DFA cancels his passport

DRAGGED. This CCTV footage shows Guillo Cesar Servando being dragged along the corridors of a condominium in Manila. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Bill seeks to ban hazing in and out of schools

Jul 08, 2014 - 4:21 PM

House Bill 4714 or the Servando Act seeks to repeal the Anti Hazing Law which only regulates hazing conducted by fraternities sororities and other organizations

UP president vows due process in hazing probe

Jul 08, 2014 - 10:24 AM

Incidents of violence done even for the noblest of reasons have no place in UP says University of the Philippines president Alfredo Pascual

DUE PROCESS. UP President Alfredo Pascual says incidents of violence have no place in the university. File photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

DLSU condemns 'barbaric act' of hazing

Jul 05, 2014 - 1:01 PM

This is an unconscionable and barbaric act that deserves no place in human society the De La Salle University says in a statement

BARBARIC. The De La Salle University condemns the recent hazing incident that killed a La Sallian student and injured 3 others.  File photo from Wikicommons