16 charged for Makati school hazing

AT least 16 people were charged Monday for the fatal hazing of University of Makati student E.J. Karl Intia earlier this month, but 11 of the suspects remain at large.

Makati police charged the 16 before the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office for violation of the Anti-Hazing Law.

City police chief Senior Superintendent Froilan Bonifacio noted five of the suspects were members of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity who earlier surrendered to authorities.

Four of those who surrendered voluntarily were identified as John Reynald Marin and Michael Pagulayan, both 19; Roesel Wenceslao, 18, all students of University of Makati; and Rico Mansalapus, 31, an alumni of university.

The fifth is a 17-year-old minor and will be turned over to the city social welfare office.

“Section 14a (of the anti-hazing) imposes a penalty of reclusion perpetua in case of death as a result of the hazing. The law also specifices that officers and members of the fraternity ‘who actually participated in the infliction of physical harm shall be liable as principals,'” the Makati City web portal said.

Bonifacio said with the formal charges in place, the police will just wait for the court to issue warrants of arrest for the 11 suspects still at large.

He withheld their names pending their arrest. Julian Labores

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