Police Arrest 8 Suspects in Hazing Death of Davao College Freshman; 6 Others Sought

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is conducting deeper probe into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 19-year-old college student believed to be a victim of hazing.

The victim’s lifeless body was found in Purok Santo Nino, Sison Village, Upper Mandug, Buhangin, District, Davao City. He was later identified as August Ceazar Saplot.

Saplot sustained serious injuries on the different parts of his body. He was with another Victim, 18-year-old Michael Angelo Ligaya, who survived the incident and is now undergoing treatment in a local hospital.

Police responded immediately and conducted an extensive probe into the crime that resulted to the identification of 14 suspects.

They were arrested including the so-called President of the Akrho, Alpha Delta Chapter identified as Jeremiah Moya, 23.

Other suspects are: Leji Quibuyen; John Lloyd Sunagang; Harold Flauta; John Steven Silvosa; Ramel Gamo; Gilbert Asoy Jr.; Roseller Gaentano; Ryan James Ranolo, at-large; Harold Gocotano, at-large; John Bacacao, at-large; Cherie Norico, at-large; Kadjo Matobato, at-large; and George Regalado

Recovered evidence from the crime scene were one leather belt color black and two application form of Alpha Kappa Rho.

“Tulong-tulong tayo sa pagligtas para sa kapakanan ng mga biktima ng krimen. I enjoin our stakeholders to actively participate so we can protect our children and the youth against those who inflict harm on them. We will definitely look closely into this case and find justice for the victims and their families,” PNP Chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said.

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