QTV video: Charges mulled versus 11 suspects in Makati student’s death
GMANews.tv reports that at least 16 people were charged on August 23 for violating the Anti-Hazing Law in connection to the fatal hazing of E.J. Karl Intia, a 19-year-old student at the University of Makati. Five of the suspects, identified by Senior Superintendent Froilan Bonifacio as Alpha Phi Omega (APO) frat members, surrendered to the police over the weekend, according to GMANews.tv.
Except for 31-year-old University of Makati alumnus Rico Mansalapus, the suspects were all teenagers: John Reynald Marin, 19; Michael Pagulayan, 19; Roesel Wenceslao, 18 (all students of the University of Makati); and a 17-year-old minor. The minor will be turned over to the Makati social welfare office, according to GMANews.tv. Bonifacio said the police are waiting for the warrants of arrest for the 11 other suspects, whose names were withheld pending their arrest.
The police told GMANews.tv that the five suspects in custody admitted in their sworn affidavits that they were present during Intia’s alleged hazing from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on August 14. Pagulayan said he was the master initiator of the initiation rites held at Mansalapus’ house in San Antonio Village, Makati.
Intia’s body was found in Laguna on August 15. He sustained bruises on his legs "commonly seen in fraternity neophytes who have undergone paddling during initiation rites," GMANews.tv quoted the Makati government website. "The autopsy revealed that the victim died from traumatic injuries to the head and lower extremities."
Saksi reports that Vice President Jejomar Binay, a known member of APO, said he is "outraged by the circumstances surrounding the death of Intia." The former Makati mayor said he "condemns this inhuman and violent act, and will not tolerate any injustice to go unpunished."
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