MANILA - Whatever happened to the case of San Beda first year law student Marc Andre Marcos who was killed after hazing rites on July 28, 2012?
According to Marcos' uncle, Atty. Jose Vener Ibarra, the case against several members of the San Beda-based Lex Leonum fraternity for hazing was dismissed after the judge found no probable cause against the suspects.
This is despite an earlier decision of the same judge to issue arrest warrants against 10 suspects in the hazing death of Marcos.
Ibarra said the suspects filed motions for determination of probable cause despite the issuance of the arrest warrants.
"Under our rules, if there is a warrant, there is already a determination of probable cause. In a surprising twist of events, after they filed a determination for probable cause, the RTC [Regional Trial Court] withdrew the arrest warrants," he told radio DZMM.
"Kataka-taka po. Mali ang proseso at mali ang procedure. And then after withdrawing the warrants, the judge determined there was no probable cause and the case was dismissed," he added.
Ibarra said the family has already filed a motion for reconsideration before the court.
He said that while they have not given up, the case is moving very slowly.
"Kahit nakakagulat at nakakalungkot, kami po ay naniniwala na kami ay makakakuha ng katarungan," he said.
He also said he felt a sense of despair when he heard that another student, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (CSB) sophomore Guillo Cesar Servando, died due to hazing.
"I am moved with a sense of despair when I hear what is happening to the case of the student of College of Saint Benilde...Naulit na naman po ang nangyari," he said.