PMA chief asks for more prayers for cadet

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

FORT DEL PILAR -- Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Superintendent Fred Peralta is asking for more prayers for cadet first class Alfonso Aviles, who was shot last week by a robber.

“The cadet is still being closely observed for intracranial pressure; let’s pray for him,” Peralta said.

Aviles thwarted an ongoing robbery inside a passenger jeep in Quezon City last August 25, when was shot in the neck after he grabbed the gun of the robber. He remained unconscious since.


The gunman fled, taking with him the bullring of the young aspiring soldier.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Colonel Arnulfo Burgos Jr. said Aviles is showing signs of improvement, although he is still bedridden.

Burgos said Aviles can move his right arm and has eye movement, and he is trying to move his lips. “He is trying to talk.”

Burgos added that Aviles can now respond to touch. “He has been elevated to a level 8 category by doctors Wednesday morning from a low level 5 previously.”

The colonel also said the Philippine National Police (PNP) is coordinating with the Armed Forces and has narrowed down culprits to three suspects.

“There is a joint taskforce by the PNP, AFP and Quezon City Police,” he said.

Burgos said authorities are eying one of the three men as the main suspect in the robbery and shooting case.

Peralta said Aviles is with a fever and is being transfused with three units of packed red blood cells.

He is hooked to a ventilator for assisted breathing and has unstable vital signs at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Hospital, Peralta added.

The PMA superintendent said he hopes the PNP is able to catch the perpetuator.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 31, 2012.

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