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Sons of 2 NBI officials among 36 charged for Marcos’ hazing death



MANILA, Philippines—The sons of two high-ranking officials of the National Bureau of Investigation were among the 36 charged in connection with the death of a San Beda student, Marc Andre Marcos, in hazing rites in August,  the bureau’s top official said.

Nonnatus Rojas, the NBI director, identified two as Levi Lalusis, son of attorney Danielito Lalusis, the executive officer of the bureau’s Death Investigation Division; and Ray Jacinto Vigilia, son of lawyer Rustico Vigilia, NBI-regional director of Region IV-A.

Violation of the anti-hazing law is a non-bailable case.

Rojas lauded the two NBI officials for not intervening in the investigation of the case. “Their fathers were professionals and did not intervene in the investigation as it is also the policy of the bureau,” Rojas said in an interview.

Rojas added that the Witness Protection Security and Benefits Program Office (WPSBP) of the Department of Justice has started the process of taking in one of the fraternity members who participated in the rites as a state witness.

The NBI chief said that in total, 36 members of the Lex Leonum Fraternitas of the San Beda College of Law in Manila and Alabang were charged with the violation of the anti-hazing law before the Dasmariñas,  Cavite Prosecutors Office.

Twenty-two of those charged were from San Beda-Alabang, the other 10 were from San Beda-Manila , while four others remain unidentified.

Recommended for prosecution were officers and members of the Lex Leonum, Jenno Antonio Villanueva, head/most exalted lion of the Lex Leonum Fraternitas;  Gian Angelo Veluz; Emmanuel Jefferson Santiago, vice head; Richard Rosales; Mohamad Fyzee Alim; Chino Daniel Amante; Julius Arsenio Alcancia; Edrich Gomez; Rem Cabangon; Ralph Juico; Reynold Anthony Marc Roriguez, alias Ramm;  Adrian Robert David;  BJone Carlo Favorito; John Cromwell Recto; Dexter Circa; and Lorenzo Marvin Reyes.

Also recommended to be charged were Enrico Lopez, Reynaldo Dalisay Jr., Jason Marquez Esguerra, Daniel Baltazar Jr., John Ray Rivera, Manuel Adrian Jan Marcel Ragaza, Ephraim Daniel Lara, and Christopher Ryan Maranan.

San Beda students fro the Alabang campus who were tagged in the case were identified as Karl Eugene Umerez, Glenn Meduen, Ralph Jireh Bartolome (alias Jai)and Raphael Cesar Buenaobra.

Others charged were identified by their known aliases Ton-Ton, Fidel, E.R. and Paulo.

In the charge sheet, Marcos sustained extensive traumatic injuries at the lower and upper extremities due to hazing on July 29, 2012, at the Veluz Farm located at Sitio Bisaya, Amuntay Road, Barangay Zone III, Dasmariñas City, Cavite.

Based on investigation by the NBI records, the students met on the evening of July 28, 2012 in a bar in Las Piñas and discussed their activities.

The records said, the participants then proceeded to an apartment in Las Pinas where they stayed  for the night.

The NBI said that in the morning of July 29, the neophytes were blindfolded and brought to the Veluz Farm in Cavite and the rites started at exactly 12 noon.

The witness tapped by the NBI said he acted as the “guide” of Marcos during the ceremony.

In his sworn statement to the NBI, the witness said the victim went through four stages of hazing rites, which lasted for at least two hours.

In one stage, Marcos was asked to spell out the fraternity’s name. Every time he said a letter, the back of his thighs were hit with a paddle.

The witness said that after being hit 10 times, the victim was already gasping for breath.

He added that Marcos, a law freshman, was also quizzed on various topics related to his course. Every time he came up with the wrong answer, he was hit with a paddle.

Marcos was able to answer correctly only one of the 10 questions directed at him, the witness said.

He narrated that at one point during the initiation, Marcos lost his balance and fell to the floor. He lost consciousness but before he did, he said he was already feeling sleepy.

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Tags: Anti-Hazing Law , Crime , Danielito Lalusis , fraternities , hazing , Homicide , law and justice , Levi Lalusis , Lex Leonum Fraternitas , Marc Andre Marcos , National Bureau of Investigation , Ray Jacinto Vigilia , San Beda College

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  • ado4625

    ang titigas ng mga ulo eh. sige sali pa. di pa ba sapat ang mga information about sa ganyang mga activities?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EBYXKMZHYRBRLRE424C5EQ6XOU Hunya

    If you are a normal person you would stop if you knew the person is already hurting. But these people are murderers. Marcos has sacrificed his life to exposed the true nature of these people who killed him in the name of hazing. They could vicitimized more people later on if given more power.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YOQGNNPLWH3PHXCDXMGN57GDNM Jhon

      Marcos died because he was stupid enough to join a fraternity.  If he did not die, he would be among the torturers of the next batch of recruits.  He was a victim but not a hero.

  • magiting78

    Mga inutil…ano mapapala nyo sa Fraternity?..Tuturuan lang kau nito maging corrupt..bakit? brother brother I am sick call a doctor very quick…brod baka may pwesto k dyn para sa akin..brod arbur ko na utol ko wag mo n report…brod censya na nag mamadali ako pwd ba wag mo n ako ticketan..sa madaling salita…bigayan ng pabor…kht mali basta k brod…prang sa military at pulis pag kabaro nila di baling lumabag s batas ayos laang….

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YOQGNNPLWH3PHXCDXMGN57GDNM Jhon

      Tama ka d’yan.  Ganyan talaga dito sa atin — palakasan.  Kaya nga ang mga law students e pumapasok sa fraternity.  Para kung abogado na sila, meron silang makakapitan (mga brods na huwes o pulitiko).  Nakakasuka na talaga.  Kahit d’yan sa mga nagmamalinis na mga NGO, usong-uso rin ang palakasan.

      • magiting78

        NGO and Partylist are only a back door of dirty politics and corruption…If you are going to check thoroughly the back grounds of these NGO ang Partlist and those people behind it, you will find out all of them are dirty politicians and greedy business men…

  • nennen12345

    i am very sad why people of good intelligence continue to join the hazing rites to their death. your parents took care of you since you were born and yet you ended up dead at an early age. what’s the use of fraternities anyway?  couldn’t you become a better person without them?   i hope i won’t hear anymore of another life being wasted because of these crazy fraternities that are ruining the lives of students who will instead be rewarded of their sacrifices after their graduation.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UAOUKHIBZ7OQ2LNGAQABMRSGFI Adlai

      sana magkabatas sa pilipinas na kung ano ginawa ng kriminal ay gagawin din sa kanila.pag pumatay,patayin din sa paraan ginawa ng kriminal.pag nanggahasa,gahasain din kaya lang dumalagang toro o oso ang gagahasa sa guilty.

  • $26606290

    Anti-hazing law….since when did we have this?
    So all new fraternity members after the law was enacted were not subjected to hazing, right?  Of course, these are our future lawyers and leaders.  They would not dare break the law.
    …until they get caught after ”accidentally” ending the life of a neophyte.  
    That is how it works in our world…kotong,  tax evader, SOP, etc,  not guilty until caught.

  • $25214711

    How did you know that they will not? When push comes to shove.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TJLBFK6Y4JTVHRRL3PAFMU4VPI Pola

    Noong mga nakalipas na panahon pag may hazing or initiation hindi masyado grabe – just normal and acceptable way kasi ang gumawa ay malinis ang utak.
    Ngayon ang nag hihaze ay naka-drug. Patay kang bata ka. It’s a friendly way to torture someone to death.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Hindi nga nag intervene ang mga fathers (NBI) sa investigation, pero
    isinuko ba nila?

  • oraman

    Dapat yung mga humampas sa namatay e hampasin din ng ilang beses habang inispell ang pangalan ng fraternity na yan kung ilan ang letran ng fraternity ganun karami ang hambalos sa

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LQ6I6ROXDBZEKDFHCO4R6BI5B4 meimei

    kapatiran o kabugbugan?

    • RomyLitz

      parang kabobo-an! mga bobo lahat na naniniwala na ang frat ay may mabuting layunin sa bayan!! Only idiots follow this dogma about fraternities!

  • Jeremiah_CheGuevara

    The beasts in men, the beasts in us…we dont know but sometimes they just inexplicably surface uncontrollably.

  • RomyLitz

    These frat men are inveterate sadists , how I wish they were part of the 57 massacred by equally sadist Ampatuans! And these freshmen of college of law,how imbeciles and naive their brains are into believing that frat membership requires unimaginable or unlimited inflection of physical pain??

  • Jerry_SeinfeId

    Palakasan system in the works.  Ninoy, you need to intervene. Sigurado, manghihimasok ang mga tatay ng mga mamamatay tao na ito.

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