MANILA, Philippines – Police are close to zeroing in on fratmen who participated in alleged hazing rites that killed San Beda law freshman Marc Andrei Marcos.
Senior Superintendent John Bulalacao, Cavite police provincial director, said the investigation on the hazing case is 75-80% complete due to various pieces of information provided by different sources including members of the Lex Leonum Fraternity.
"Hindi na po magtatagal ito sa dami ng interesadong tumulong sa aming imbestigasyon. Sa palagay ko, ang rating ng aming ginagawang investigation ay nasa 75 to 80 percent cleared na po. Ang kailangan na lang po namin ay personally makita at makilala 'yung mga ibang kasamahan na involved sa hazing rites pong ito,” he told radio dzMM.
Bulalacao said frat members provided a list of Lex Leonum members. He said one of those who gave the list admitted that he was present during initiation rites for Marcos.
"'Di pa po namin personal na nakikilala pero meron na po kaming listahan ng mga miyembro. Ito po ay ipino-provide sa amin ng ibang kasamahan na ayaw lang po magpakilala,” he said.
"'Yung isa po ay kasama po doon (hazing rites) pero 'di po niya binabanggit sa amin 'yung kanyang naging partisipasyon."
He said police have also recovered 100 cigarette butts, a container of ammonia and candles that were allegedly used in the hazing rites at a farm in Cavite.
Police on Wednesday filed complaints of murder and violation of the Anti-Hazing Law against 3 people, including a third year student of San Beda College of Law, for their alleged involvement in the hazing death of freshman Marcos.
A security guard at the De La Salle University Medical Center in Dasmariñas, Cavite said law student Gian Angelo Veluz was one of 2 men who brought Marcos to the hospital last Sunday.
Police said a farm where the alleged initiation rites were conducted is owned by the Veluz family.
Two women, identified as Soledad Sanda and Marlyn Guadayo, were also included in the charges. Both women have gone missing since Marcos’ death on Monday.
Bulalacao said he has talked to Veluz’s father who promised to give up his son to authorities.
Angelito Veluz, father of suspect Gian Angelo, said he has been unable to contact his son because his cellphone was turned off. He also extended his family's condolences to the Marcoses.
Meanwhile, the Office of the San Beda Rector-President warned that it could expel students found responsible for the alleged hazing of Marcos, which led to his death.
It noted that the SBC administration requires all students to sign an undertaking not to join fraternities or sororities.
"While it is not physically possible to monitor the activities of all students especially when they are out-of-campus, the San Beda College shall remain vigilant. It has formed a panel of inquiry, and, with proper observance of due process, is committed to impose sanctions including expulsion from the school, on those found responsible," it said.