SIX other suspects in the hazing incident in Mandug, Davao City, which resulted in the death of a student of the University of Mindanao (UM) who have fled, are still at large.
“We are still conducting investigation [to see] if they are really part of that barbarous act na nangyari sa area na yon (that happened in the area). The police will continue na hanapin sila then we will file a case pagnahuli sila (to track them so that we can file the case),” Police Col. Alberto Lupaz, director of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), said during the AFP-PNP Press Conference on September 21, 2022.
Lupaz said despite the absence of the suspects they will still file a case against them.
“We can still file a case against them, we're just waiting for the complainants, at tsaka yong development [report] sa ating Police Station (and the development report of the Police Station),” Lupaz said.
Police Regional Office Region-Davao (PRO-Davao) identified the suspects as Ryan James Ranolo, Harold Gocotano, John Bacacao, Cherie Norico, Kadjo Matobato, and George M. Regalado “who immediately fled” after the hazing incident was reported to the police.
Meanwhile, Lupaz said that they already filed a case against the eight suspects that they have arrested namely, Jeremiah Obedencia Moya, Leji Wensdy Ofecio Quibuyen, John Lloyd Garciano Sumagang, Harold Joshua Sagaral Flauta, John Steven Baltazar Silvosa, Ramel John Potenciano Gamo, Gilbert Escodero Asoy, Jr., and Roseller Andres Gaentano, all suspects will face violation of the Republic Act 8049 Anti-Hazing Law.
On September 18, 2022 at 2 p.m, a separate report by the PRO, said that the Mandug Police Station responded to a phone call regarding an unidentified dead body found at Purok Sto. Nino, Sison Village, Upper Mandug, Buhangin, Davao City.
All suspects are members of the Alpha Kappa Rho (Akhro) Alpha Delta Chapter fraternity and the two victims are neophyte members, where one died namely, August Ceazar P. Saplot, 19, a Bachelor of Science in Criminology student of UM.
On the other hand, Davao City Mayor Sebastian Z. Duterte discouraged students from joining the fraternity.
“Karaan na man na nga butang ba [hazing], if you want nga naa moy gusto pasudlon anang kanang grupo or organization ninyo and you want to test the individual then do it through physical activities,” Duterte said.
Earlier, UM condemned the participation of their students in the incident.
“In the light of the on-going investigations, UM strongly condemns the senseless and deplorable incident in the highest possible consternation and dismay, as the university is also offering its unqualified grief to the victims’ families,” UM said in their press release statement. KSD