Criminal charges have been filed against 20 suspects in the fatal hazing of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde student Guillo Cesar Servando.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Manila and Makati City police districts filed a joint transmittal letter at the Makati Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday afternoon.
Joel Tovera, chief of the NBI’s Death Investigation Unit, said the suspects will be charged with violation of Republic Act 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law.
NBI Deputy Director for Investigation Services Ricardo Pangan said of the 20 respondents, 15 were identified by name while the rest were only known by their aliases.
Four of the respondents are women.
Although the female respondent did not take part in beating the victim, they will be charged as well for simply “being present” during the initiation rites.
“As long as you are present and you did not prevent the inflicting of injuries and you did not do anything to stop the initiation rites, you are still considered as a principal,” Pete Principe, legal counsel for the Servando family, said.
Immediately after the filing of the complaint, the Department of Justice issued an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order (LBO) against 17 of the suspects.
“Given the gravity of the charge, coupled with the fact that one of the suspects has already left the country on 01 July 2014, it is not unlikely that the other suspects behind this heinous crime will attempt to leave the country in order to place themselves beyond lawful processes of the NBI, this department (DOJ) or the courts,” the DOJ said in its order.
Covered by the LBO are Cody Errol Morales, Daniel Paul Martin aka “Pope,” Kurt Michael Almazan, Luis Solomon Arevalo aka “Louie,” Carl Francis Loresca, Esmerson Nathaniel Calupas aka “Emeng,” Hans Killian Tatlonghari aka “Hans Tamaring” and “Hans Tumaneng,” Jomar Pajarito, Eleazar Pablico 3rd aka “Trex,” John Kevin Navoa, Vic Angelo Dy, Mark Ramos, Mike Castaneda alias “Rey Jay” and “Kiko,” Tessa Dayanghirang and Yssa Valbuena.
Because of the LBO, the suspects’ movements will be monitored.