MANILA (UPDATED) - A De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (CSB) sophomore who died after hazing rites tried to back out of joining the fraternity but was allegedly threatened that he would be killed if he quit.
Dante Jimenez, founding chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, said the family of slain CSB student Guillo Cesar Servando has talked to other CSB students who also underwent initiation rites with Servando during the weekend.
He said the family was told by the survivors that they, along with Servando, were already trying to back out of the fraternity but the leaders of the group allegedly threatened to kill them if they quit.
The Servando family is now urging the suspects in the hazing rites to voluntarily surrender to the police.
Jimenez is a close family friend of the Servando family. The VACC chairman said Servando's remains will be cremated on Wednesday.
Police investigation revealed Servando and three other CSB students were picked up at a condominium building in Manila by members of the Tau Gamma fraternity (not Alpha Kappa Rho or Akrho as earlier reported) last Saturday.
At around 9:30 p.m. on the same day, the four were brought back to One Archers Place in Taft Avenue, Manila by a certain alias Trex Garcia and Hanz Tamaring.
The condominium guards initially thought that the four students were drunk as they were not walking steadily, but at around 11 p.m., a Red Cross ambulance arrived to respond to a call for help from the unit.
When the guards called the unit, they learned that one of the students was already dead.
The three other students were rushed to the Philippine General Hospital, where they were treated for bruises and wounds on their backs. Their identities have not been divulged.
All four students were either freshmen or sophomores, according to the authorities.