President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday extended his condolences to the family of John Matthew Salilig, a third-year chemical engineering student at Adamson University, who allegedly died due to hazing.
“I extend my sympathies to John Matthew Salilig’s family during this extremely difficult time and assure them that justice will be served,” Marcos said in a statement.
“John was a child, a brother, a friend, a classmate, and a son of this nation, with a bright future ahead of him,” he added.
In the same statement, Marcos condemned the death of the 24-year-old college student due to “violence.”
“It is not through violence that we can measure the strength of our brotherhood,” he said.
“There should be no room for violence in our student organizations which our children consider family, and in our schools which they consider their second home,” he added.
Based on the latest report from the Philippine National Police, at least 15 persons of interest have been identified in the alleged hazing.
Salilig’s body was found on Tuesday in a vacant lot in a subdivision in Imus, Cavite after being reported missing for over a week.
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