Most respondents in Servando hazing case snub hearing-A A +A
Thursday, July 31, 2014
MANILA (Updated) -- Only four out of 20 suspects in the hazing-related death of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde student Guillo Servando showed up on Thursday in the first preliminary investigation hearing at the Department of Justice (DOJ).
They were respondents Kurt Michael Almazan and Luis Solomon Arevalo, members of the Tau Gamma Phi fraternity, and Jemar Pajarito, the caretaker of the Makati City house where the beating took place on June 28.
All of them wanted to be excluded from the charges of violation of anti-hazing law after they dished out details of the incident to the police and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
Respondent Steven Jorge Peñano, meanwhile, said in his counter-affidavit that he is innocent of the crime and he has no knowledge of the events and circumstances that led to Servando's death.
Peñano said he was not at the initiation venue.
Other respondents such as Teresa Dayanghirang and Alyssa Valbuena were only represented by their lawyers while the rest did not attend including four suspects (Emerson Nathaniel Calupas, Hans Tatlonghari, Eleazar Pablico III and John Kevin Navoa) who are already out of the country.
DOJ prosecutors gave Pajarito and Arevalo until August 7 to submit their supplemental affidavit while other respondents have until August 14 to submit their counter-affidavit.
Servando's father, Aurelio, was present in the hearing. (Sunnex)