MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Two neophytes of the Lex Leonum fraternity who were allegedly with hazing victim Marc Andre Marcos during his initiation rites talked to Cavite police on Friday.
The two neophytes, identified as 21-year-old Ephraim Lara and 21-year-old Ryan Christopher Maranan, surfaced to shed light on the case.
They told police they were also part of the hazing that resulted in the death of Marcos last Monday, July 30.
Sr. Supt. John Bulalacao, provincial director of Cavite Police, said Lara and Maranan have bruises on their legs, arms and shoulders, similar to the injuries sustained by Marcos.
"They could hardly move. In fact, nu’ng kausap ko ‘yung isang bata unconsciously, naitaas niya ‘yung paa dahil iyon ang pinaka-komportable niyang posisyon dahil 'yung kanyang hip ay masakit na masakit,” Bulalacao told dzMM.
Bulalacao said the two can identify the fraternity's master.
However, Bulalacao said Lara and Maranan told him that they will give details on the events leading to the hazing but that “they do not want to be a witness nor a complainant against the fraternity.”
Bulalacao noted that the two have signed a sworn statement.
According to Lara and Maranan, the hazing last Sunday involved nine neophytes, including Marcos.
"They were divided into groups of three and then ito pong dalawa, kasama nila ‘yung namatay sa grupo and ang kanilang sheperd o ninong o sa aming military squad leader, ay si Gian Veluz," Bulalacao said.
Veluz is one of the suspects charged with murder and violation of the Anti-Hazing Law.
Police said Veluz’s father owns the farm in Cavite where the alleged hazing took place.
Bulalacao said they had been negotiating with Lara and Maranan for the past two days.
Lara and Maranan claimed they had to escape from members of the fraternity so that they can provide information on the case.
Security has been provided for the two neophytes while investigations are being conducted.
Police are also searching for a certain Cornelio Marcelo, who was also allegedly present during Marcos’s initiation.
Cavite Police visited the home of Marcelo in Cubao on Friday but he was not there.
Marcelo’s mother said her son hasn’t been home in five days.
The 23-year-old Marcelo is also a freshman law student at San Beda.
Marcos’s father, Mac Ferdie, has already filed charges of murder and violation of the Anti-Hazing Law against several people, including the owner of the Cavite farm where the alleged hazing took place.
Marcos said around 40 people participated in the initiation rites at the farm owned by the Veluz family last July 29. -- With a report from Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News