MANILA - A suspect in the hazing death of Guillo Cesar Servando has left the country, the Bureau of Immigration confirmed Wednesday.
BI Commissioner Siegfred Mison said suspect Kevin John Navoa left the country last July 1st.
He said newspaper reports identified Navoa as one of the suspects in the killing, which is why the bureau conducted a check on his travel records.
The other suspects whose names came out in news reports are still in the country, the BI chief said.
Mison said all of the suspects in the case are free to leave the country since they do not have any hold-departure order from any court nor are they in any watchlist order.
He said that even if the suspects leave the country, the government can still go after them by extradition or cancellation of passport.
He admitted that it would be harder and more costly for the government once suspects in a case flee the country.
Mison said he hopes the investigation will move quickly and that corresponding charges could be filed in court for them to have a legal order that will give them the authority to stop the suspects in the Servando case from leaving.