BAGUIO CITY — There was no foul play found in the death of 19-year-old Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet fourth class, Erwin Christian Vergara on Monday, May 1.
This has been clarified by PMA after news of his death spread on social media.
“Ang sabi naman ng father eh, ‘Tanggap namin basta wala lang foul play.’ So para ma-erase ang doubt na may foul play in-examine ng father yung cadaver yung body sa morge na wala naman siyang nakitang markings,” said PMA Hospital commanding officer Col. Maria Shiela Jardiolin, MC (GSC).
(The cadet’s father said his family accepts his son’s demise as long as there is no foul play. To erase doubts that there has been foul play, the father examined the cadaver in the morgue and found no markings on the body.)
According to PMA, the cadet was admitted at the PMA Hospital on April 25 after consulting with a doctor regarding abdominal pain, nausea and fatigue.
After undergoing examination, the cadet was transferred to the intensive care unit in Baguio General Hospital where it was found that the cadet had five ulcers.
“Sinilip ung internal organs niya, nakita meron siyang 5 ulcers; ang ulcers niya kasi sa stomach gastric area at tsaka sa intestines duodenum; so nagbleed siya na hindi na control ng series of blood transfusions, naka pitong bag siya e,” she added.
(His internal organs were examined and it was found he had five ulcers. He had ulcers in the stomach gastric area, and in the intestine’s duodenum. There was bleeding which was not controlled after a series of blood transfusions. He used up seven bags of blood.)
PMA said Vergara had long been suffering from ulcer even before entering the academy. He did not reveal his illness during the physical examination. Ulcer cannot be detected during PMA’s physical exam because a special procedure is needed.
PMA assured Vergara’s family will receive financial assistance.
“Actually bago sila umalis binigay na natin ung special financial assistance kasama na dun ung mga gagastusin nila sa wake pambili nung kaniyang lalagakan ung lupa; and we’re working out dun sa pension niya dahil sundalo na siya nakapag oath na siya and entitled na siya to a pension,” PMA information chief Lt. Col. Reynaldo Balido said.
(Actually, even before the family left, they were given special financial assistance which includes an amount to be spent for the wake, and other burial expenses. And we’re working on his pension since he was a soldier. He had taken oath, so he was entitled to a pension.)
The cadet’s body has already been brought to Alcala, Cagayan after the PMA held military honors. He will be buried on May 9. — Bradley Robuza | UNTV News & Rescue