Hazing victim's dad won't stop till justice is met

by Rose Carmelle Lacuata, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jul 23 2014 08:00 PM | Updated as of Jul 24 2014 04:00 AM

MANILA -- Aurelio Servando, the father of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde student Guillo Cesar Servando who died in a hazing incident last month, said he will not stop in seeking justice for his son.

In an interview on radio DZMM, Servando said that he is thankful that there are some developments on the case.

"Gumagalaw naman [ang kaso], siguro magpasalamat na lang ako na mas mabilis pa rin ito kaysa sa ibang kaso. This will be a very long case," Servando said.

He added that he is aware that some lawyers will try to delay the case as much as they can, but he promised to see the case to its end.

"Siyempre alam mo naman 'yung ibang abogado, pwede nilang i-delay ito ng ilang taon, pero maghihintay ako sa katapusan," Servando said.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has summoned 17 individuals involved in the hazing incident that took the life of Servando's son.

They are expected to answer the summons by July 31 and August 7.

"Hopefully, may lilitaw na involved sa kaso by that time," Servando said.

He added that the 3 suspects who have surrendered to the DOJ are currently considered provisional witnesses.

Three other suspects who have expressed their intention to surrender have yet to surface.

Regarding the four suspects who have already left the country, Servando said the DOJ cannot do anything to bring them back until the case is elevated to the higher court.

There are also no decisions yet if the DOJ will cancel the suspects' passports.

"Pagkatapos ng preliminary investigation, kapag ang kaso ay na-elevate na sa korte, saka pa magdedesisyon ang DOJ."

Servando also advised parents to be more aware of their children's surroundings, especially the things they do when they are in school.

"Maging aware ang mga parents sa nangyayari sa palibot ng mga eskwelahan nila. Bantayan nilang mabuti ang mga anak nila."

He likewise warned children of the repercussions of joining or attending hazing events.

"Sa mga anak naman, sana maalala nila na ang Anti-Hazing Law ay very clear, na kahit nandoon lang sila sa paghahazing-an ay magiging liable pa rin sila. So huwag din silang sasali-sali sa mga hazing kahit na nanonood lang sila."