TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- A 21-year old army recruit died of a heart attack brought by heat exhaustion during their reception rites at the training school of the 5th Infantry Division (5ID) in Camp Melchor Dela Cruz, Gamu, Isabela on Friday, June 8.
The Philippine Army on Saturday, June 9, confirmed that candidate soldier Julius Hernando died a day after he and 250 other began their six-month long training or Candidate Soldier Course Class 546-2018.
Army spokesperson Captain Jefferson Somera said Hernando passed out after doing rigorous exercises on Thursday afternoon.
The ceremony started around 10 AM and ended around 12:30 PM, reports said.
Hernando was brought to Camp Melchor F Dela Cruz Station Hospital (CMFDC) where emergency medical procedures were performed, CMFDC Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Ignacio Timbol said in earlier reports.
He later had seizure episode with declining vital signs at around 5 PM and was transferred to the Ilagan Doctors General Hospital (IDGH), 5ID Acting Public Affairs Officer Captain Noriel Tayaban said.
Hernando was pronounced dead Friday morning at around 4:30 AM, the army added.
In other reports, Somera said an appointment order on June 5, 2018 certified Hernando as a bona fide serviceman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
5ID Commander Major General Perfecto Rimando was reportedly “deeply saddened” by Hernando’s death.
“The whole Star troopers sympathize with the family of CS Hernando for his untimely death. He will be given all the necessary support and assistance from the 5th Infantry Division,” Rimando said.
Rimando in a report from Inquirer said the recruits include 46 college graduates of which nine completed a criminology course.
In Manila Bulletin report, Rimando assured Hernando’s bereaved family that they will receive “all intended support and assistance for their lost loved one.”
Meanwhile, Accuweather reveals that Gamu, Isabela suffered scorching temperatures of 35-39 degrees Celsius over the weekend. Northernforum.net