MANILA, Philippines - The Lex Leonum Fraternitas Alumni Association on Friday said it is conducting its own investigation on the suspected hazing death of San Beda law freshman and fraternity neophyte Marc Andre Marcos.
In a statement read by former Quezon City councilor and Lex Leonum alumni Ariel Inton, the association said it is "extremely saddened" by Marcos' death.
"Our fraternity has never advocated violence and we condemn hazing in the strongest possible manner. We are professionals and we do not believe in the power of force," the statement read.
The group extended its sympathies to the Marcos family and said it is already interested in seeking the truth about Marcos' death.
"As a fraternity of lawyers, we adhere to the rule of law and the principles of due process. We also appeal to the public during this time of shock and confusion to keep an open mind until the wheels of justice have taken its course," it added.
In an interview, Inton said frat alumni are conducting its own investigation into Marcos' death allegedly during initiation rites last Sunday.
"We want to know sino itong mga ito. Interesado kami dahil ayaw din namin ito. Our fraternity is a very peaceful fraternity, a decent fraternity of lawyers," he told radio dzMM.
He said the fraternity is willing to extend any help to the Marcos family.
In many hazing cases involving other fraternities, alumni have played an important role in ending the violent tradition.
Police earlier said it has a list of 30 fratmen who were allegedly involved or participated in the hazing rites that killed Marcos.
Police filed murder charges against San Beda law student Gian Angelo Veluz after he was identified as one of 2 men who brought the severely injured Marcos to the hospital Sunday night.
It was also learned that the farm where Marcos allegedly underwent hazing rites is owned by the Veluz family.
Two women who were charged along with Marcos also work in the farm.
Veluz's father said he is willing to cooperate with authorities but said he has not been able contact Gian. The latter's cellphone has allegedly been turned off.