STUDENTS of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) who are members of the Alpha Kappa Rho (Akrho) fraternity are allegedly behind the fatal hazing of a student of the College of St. Benilde.
John Paul Raval, 18, a friend of the victim, Guillo Cesar Servando, said members of the Akrho fraternity from UST picked them up from a restaurant near the One Archers Place at 5:30 p.m. last Saturday. Raval said he, Cesar, Lorenze Agustin and another St. Benilde student boarded a green Honda CRV with no license plate. While in the car, the four students were blindfolded and taken to a house where the initiation rites were performed.
Raval told the police that they were taken back to their condo unit at 9:33 p.m. A guard saw the young men limping but he did not question them. Raval said a few minutes after they entered their condo unit, Servando was no longer responsive. The group called Red Cross and asked for help. A Red Cross personnel, Edlazir Cacho, brought the teenagers to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).
Servando, a sophomore, was declared dead at the hospital.
The other students who were with Servando were treated for bruises.
Neither the College of St. Benilde nor the Akrho has issued a statement about the incident.
Servando’s parents, Cristine and Aurelio, were in Jaro town in Iloilo when they were informed of their son’s death on Saturday night. They arrived in Manila on Sunday and were told that Cesar’s body was brought to the Saint Harold Funeral Homes near PGH.
The couple refused to be interviewed by reporters.
Cesar’s uncle Joseph Uytiepo said the teenager was always happy and had plenty of friends.