• Hazing suspect escapes

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    The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday confirmed that John Kevin Navoa, a suspect in the fatal hazing of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde student Guillo Cesar Servando, has left the country.

    Immigration chief Siegfred Mison said Kevin John Navoa had left the Philippines based on their travel records.

    Meanwhile, another suspect, whose identity was kept secret in the meantime, was placed under provisional inclusion in the Witness Protection Program (WPP).

    Justice Secretary Leila de Lima also on Wednesday said the unnamed suspect surrendered to her personally on Tuesday night.

    On Navoa’s escape, Mison said, “Based on our travel records, we would just confirm that, yes, there was this one person [who had flown]out of the country.”

    He, however, refused to disclose more details on when Navoa escaped and where he would be going, explaining that he is not sure if they are “at liberty to disclose the actual date of departure.”

    “But for the benefit of public information, that person, Mr. Navoa, has already left the country,” Mison said.

    Navoa appeared to have gone to the United States on July 1.

    He is a member of the Tau Gamma Phi fraternity, some of whose members are suspects in the fatal hazing of Servando.

    Mison clarified that Navoa had left the country using proper travel documents, saying there was still no court order directing them to hold his departure.

    “If there is no court order directing us to hold the departure of that person, then we are not in a legal position to prevent any person from travelling,” he also explained.

    Navoa is one of the 11 suspects tagged responsible for the death of Servando who, together with neophytes from the College of Saint Benilde joined the initiation rites of Tau Gamma Phi last June 28 in a house in Barangay Palanan, Makati City (Metro Manila).

    On the inclusion of the unnamed suspect in the WPP, de Lima said, “He has applied for the WPP and we have provisionally admitted him [because he had executed a]statement.”

    She added that she was convinced of the sincerity of the witness, who helped in identifying all the fraternity members who participated in the deadly hazing.

    “The witness said he did not touch Servando and other neophytes since he had “ . . . other than the beating, other than [hitting or punching]the neophytes,” the Justice secretary noted.

    When asked when the case will be filed, de Lima said investigators are still preparing the documents.

    She revealed that the unnamed witness had a chance to talk to Aurelio Servando, the father of the victim, also on Tuesday.

    Affidavits now in the hands of the NBI are those of fellow students of Servando at the College of Saint Benilde who also underwent the initiation rites.

    The NBI has obtained the photos of some suspects, namely, Cody Errol Morales, the alleged fraternity head; Esmerson Calupas, master initiator; Daniel Paul Martin Bautista; Trex Pablico; Kurt Michael Almazan; and Carl Francis Loresca.

    Servando was a sophomore, taking up Hotel and Restaurant Management. He was cremated last July 2.

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