PMA: Negligence of two swimming instructors resulted in cadet’s death

(Eagle News) — There was negligence on the part of two Philippine Military Academy swimming instructors that resulted in the death of ┬áCadet Fourth Class Mario Telan Jr., the military school said on Friday, Nov. 22.

In a statement, PMA spokesperson Captain Cherryl Tindog identified the instructors as Robert Bete and Antonio Catalan, both civilians.

Tindog said the decision to dismiss Bete was up to the Civil Service Commission, while Catalan’s job order contract has already been terminated.

Early this month, Telan was found dead in the 15-foot deep end of the PMA swimming pool.

He was rushed to the PMA hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Authorities had initially said there was no foul play in his death.