14 Akrho fratmen held after student dies in hazing rites

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Wednesday it has already arrested eight of the 14 suspects who could possibly be involved in the hazing of a 19-year-old college student in Davao City.

But PNP Public Information Office chief Brig. Gen. Roderick Augustus Balba said police investigators are still conducting a deeper probe into the circumstances surrounding the death of the victim identified as August Ceazar Saplot.

Saplot’s lifeless body was found at Purok Santo Niño, Sison Village, Upper Mandug, Buhangin District, Davao City.

Saplot sustained serious injuries in the different parts of his body. He was with another Victim, 18-year-old Michael Angelo Ligaya, who survived the hazing and is now undergoing treatment at a local hospital.

Following an investigation, the police identified 14 suspects, eight of whom have been arrested, including the so-called president of the Alpha Kappa Rho (Akrho) fraternity, Alpha Delta Chapter, identified as Jeremiah Moya, 23.

The other suspects were identified as Leji Quibuyen; John Lloyd Sunagang; Harold Flauta; John Steven Silvosa; Ramel Gamo; Gilbert Asoy Jr.; Roseller Gaentano; Ryan James Ranolo, at-large; Harold Gocotano, at-large; John Bacacao, at-large; Cherie Norico, at-large; Kadjo Matobato, at-large; and George Regalado.

Recovered evidence from the crime scene were a leather belt color black and two application forms for Akrho fraternity membership.

“Tulong-tulong tayo sa pagligtas para sa kapakanan ng mga biktima ng krimen. I enjoin our stakeholders to actively participate so we can protect our children and the youth against those who inflict harm on them. We will definitely look closely into this case and find justice for the victims and their families,” PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said.