Hazing house caretaker applies for WPP coverage
MANILA - The caretaker of the Makati City house that served as venue for the initiation rites of the Tau Gamma Phi fraternity that led to the death of neophyte Guillo Cesar Servando was brought to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Friday by the Makati City Police to process his application with the Witness Protection Program (WPP).
Makati Police chief Sr. Supt. Manuel Lukban said Jemar Pajarito was interviewed by WPP evaluators, and he is confident Pajarito will be granted provisional WPP coverage, at least, next week.
"Maganda yung nangyari, and i-evaluate pa ng WPP yung application. Confident naman kami na matatanggap at, hopefully, by Monday na yung turnover niya to the WPP," Lukban told ABS-CBN News.
Pajarito has reportedly been receiving threats from persons who took part in the initiation, as well as alleged alumni member of Tau Gamma, according to Lukban, thus the need for his protection.
Pajarito, for his part, said he is 100-percent ready and willing to testify against the participants of the fatal hazing incident.
"Buo po ang loob ko at handa po ako kasi wala naman po akong ginawang pagpalo o pananakit. Tumulong po ako sa mga biktima," he said.
Pajarito, meantime, said he fully understood why he was included in the criminal charge filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Makati and Manila Police in connection with the hazing.
Charges for violation of Section 4 of the Anti-Hazing Law was filed with the DOJ against 20 individuals, also on Friday.
"Naiintindihan ko naman po yun, pinaliwanag naman po nila sa akin na dapat kasama ako sa kakasuhan kasi nandoon naman po ako; hindi ko naman po madedeny na nandoon po ako during the initiation rites," Pajarito said.
The Makati Police believe that Pajarito stands a good chance of being discharged from the case and turn state witness, stressing that his cooperation fast tracked the investigation.