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Drunken cadet wanted to become president

Cadet fourth grade Mario Telan Jr. wanted to become president, a dream he was bold enough to express on social media.

But this dream, unfortunately, would die with him. Telan drowned on Friday at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) pool during a swimming class.

Investigators have determined that Telan's death was an accident and focused his attention on two swimming instructors responsible for ensuring safety in the pool area. [19659002] But members of Telan's family in Enrile, Cagayan, still have doubts and have asked for a thorough investigation of what they described as his "unexplained drowning."


Telan's parents traveled to Fort Del Pilar in Baguio City on Friday and was informed of his death, according to Navy Capt. Cheryl Tindog, PMA spokesman.

Footage of the pool showed Telan diving into the water before noon, along with several other plebes, for a free floating exercise.

None of the cadets noticed that Telan had not appeared until they gathered for lunch. Soon enough, they found Telan under the water.

Tindog said that Telan's instructors were asked about the class on their watch.

"We were stunned by his death. He said he was okay at the academy, said Liezel Telan-Binasoy, Telan's oldest sister.

Relatives said that Telan, nicknamed "Kuset," was an active student at Lemu National High School in Enrile.


He passed the PMA entrance examination and entered the academy on June 1

, along with the killed hidden victim Cadet Fourth Class Darwin Dormitorio, who died on September 18 from what police discovered were internal injuries caused by abuse.

Dormitorio's death triggered reforms at the academy and also raised concerns about the cadets' condition.

But Telan was a young man filled with hope, or so suggested a Facebook post of his on April 26 last year. [19659002] "This is my country of birth and my people's home. Sama-sama tayo, kapag presidente na & # 39; Let's unite when I become president, Telan said in his post.

On Saturday, PMA watered visitors, including relatives of cadets, from as far as Pampanga Province, commuting to Baguio to check on them. – Villamor Visaya Jr. with a report from Vincent Cabreza

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