San Beda 'hazing' case deemed solved

by Alex Santos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 08 2012 11:14 PM | Updated as of Mar 09 2012 07:14 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Four more members of the Lambda Rho Beta fraternity have been charged with murder and violation of the anti-hazing law.

The suspects—Alvin Joel, Benjamin Estolas, Carlos Joseph Villanueva and Lance Brian Tan—were allegedly involved in the death of San Beda law freshman Marvin Reglos.

Witnesses said the suspects were present during the initiation rites in Antipolo, according to police.

A witness also claimed that one of the 4 suspects hit Reglos.

"Si Lance Tan diumano, 'yun 'yung matinding mamalo," said Senior Inspector Ronald Zamora, spokesperson of Antipolo City Police.

In total, 18 fraternity members have been charged before the Antipolo fiscal's office.

Suspect Christian Adobo was the one who allegedly arranged for the rental of Guilleans Place in Antipolo where the hazing took place.

The Philippine National Police now considers the case solved, with all suspects charged.

However, only 2 of the suspects are currently in police custody.

The Reglos family hopes that justice will be served.

"Harap-harap na lang tayo sa korte. Let the justice prevail,” said Reglos’s sister Lorvie.

The Reglos camp also hopes that the suspects will be prevented from leaving the country.

"Nag-check na po kami, nandito po sila lahat, at naka-monitor naman po sila sa amin," said Atty. Dennis Pangan, legal counsel for the Reglos family.

Authorities are also considering filing charges against 2 of Reglos's fellow neophytes for not cooperating with them.

Police have given Jan Darryl Iringan and Omar Sahibbil until this week to give their sworn statements. -- ANC