Four of the 17 suspects in the fatal hazing of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde student Guillo Cesar Servando have left the country, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Friday.
Immigration Spokesperson Elaine Tan said Esmerson Nathaniel Calupas, Hans Killian Tatlonghari, Eleazar Pablico and John Kevin Navoa had left before the Department of Justice (DOJ) could issue a Lookout Bulletin Order (LBO) against them.
Tan refused to say where the suspects went and when they left.
On Friday, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Makati City police charged 20 people with violation of the Anti-Hazing Law in connection with Servando’s death.
Among those charged are the two members of Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity who surrendered to the DOJ and the National Bureau of Immigration (NBI), and the caretaker of a house in Barangay Palanan in Makati where the initiation took place.
Named in the complaint were: Calupas, Tatlonghari, Pablico, Navoa, Cody Errol Morales, Daniel Paul Martin Bautista, Kurt Michael Almazan, Luis Solomon Arevalo, Carl Francis Loresca, Jemar Pajarito, Vic Angelo Dy, Mark Andrew Ramos, Michael David Castaneda, Steven Jorge Penano, Ma. Teresa Dayanghirang, Alyssa Federique Valbuena, Justin Francis Reyes, an alias “Bea” and a Jane Doe.
Shortly after the complaint was filed, Pajarito, the house caretaker, arrived at the DOJ office to apply to the Witness Protection Program.
Last Wednesday, the DOJ issued the LBO, directing Immigration officers to closely coordinate with the department and the NBI in case the rest of the suspects try to leave the country.
Tan explained that the LBO “does not necessarily mean” that suspects will not be allowed to leave.
“It only directs our Immigration officers to coordinate with the DOJ and the NBI if there is an attempt to depart,” she said, adding that the decision to allow or deny departure rests with the DOJ and the NBI.