CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Deputy House Speaker and Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez on Thursday asked for the recall of Maj. Gen. Bartolome Vicente Bacarro’s appointment as commander of the military’s Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM).
Rodriguez made the appeal in a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte citing that “Mr. Bacarro was one of those responsible for the death by hazing of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet Darwin Dormitorio on Sept. 18, 2019.
He said that the Baguio City police case filed criminal charges against Bacarro and then PMA Supt. Lt. Gen. Ronnie Evangelista, but the city prosecutor’s office dismissed the Generals while several underlings were charged in court.
Rodriguez recalled that at the time Dormitorio died of hazing, Bacarro was commandant of cadets and has direct responsibility over the activity that resulted in Dormitorio’s death.
“The family of Dormitorio expressed surprised on Bacarro’s appointment and brought the plaints to the Office of the House Deputy Speaker,” Rodriquez said.
The Dormitorio family contended that the appointment of Bacarro as SOLCOM commander was a grave injustice to our late constituent, his family and the people of Cagayan de Oro City, Rodriguez said.
Duterte signed the former PMA official’s appointment Monday, June 28. -0-