30 fratmen tagged in San Beda hazing death


Posted at Aug 02 2012 05:18 PM | Updated as of Aug 03 2012 08:42 AM

MANILA, Philippines – An unidentified witness to the San Beda hazing case has provided information to the lawyer of slain student Marc Andre Marcos linking 30 fraternity members and officers to the deadly initiation rites.

Atty. Jose Vener Ibarra, legal counsel of the Marcos family, said he received a message from an anonymous sender on social networking site Facebook detailing events of the initiation rites in Imus, Cavite last July 28 that led to the death of Marcos.

"Nag-resort na kami sa social media para makahanap ng tulong sa kasong ito," said Ibarra.

Ibarra said the message provided the family with information regarding the services that the victim allegedly went through as a prerequisite and part of the indoctrination prior to his initiation in the "Lex Leonum" fraternity.

The message also stated that the victim was also ordered by a fraternity officer to clean the dormitory of the frat's leader.

It detailed the alleged events from the time the victim was with the fraternity officers at the parking lot of San Beda Alabang, until the group moved to the frat house in DBP Village, Las Piñas City and eventually to the farm in Imus where the reported hazing took place.

Ibarra also said he has received a text message detailing events during and after the initiation rites.

The lawyer noted, however, that the Facebook and text messages still have to be verified.

Las Piñas safehouse

Meanwhile, police have conducted follow up operations on the alleged safehouse of the fraternity at 20B Zalamea St., DBP village in Las Piñas.

Residents in the village said the apartment is rented by a group of students whom they seldom see.

They said they would sometimes see expensive vehicles parked outside the apartment.

Police are investigating the building’s logbook if it can provide information on the events prior to Marcos’s death.

CCTV footage

Police are also in custody of footage from a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera at a Las Piñas bar, where the fratmen allegedly met before the initiation.

Employees of the bar said a group of around 40 men arrived at the bar at around 10 p.m. on Saturday and stayed until Sunday dawn.

One of them was identified as Gian Angelo Veluz, whose father owns the Cavite farm where the alleged hazing took place.

Marcos was also among those captured on CCTV.

A security guard at the De La Salle University Medical Center in Dasmariñas, Cavite said Veluz was one of 2 men who brought Marcos to the hospital last Sunday.

Veluz and two others are facing complaints of murder and violation of the Anti-Hazing Law for their alleged involvement in the hazing death of freshman Marcos. -- Reports from Gus Abelgas, Maan Macapagal and Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News