7 fratmen indicted over Salilig hazing

Latest hazing fatality John Matthew Salilig, an Adamson student who attended the Tau Gamma Phi initiation rites and was recently found dead in Imus, Cavite

The Department of Justice panel of prosecutors has indicted seven members of the Tau Gamma Phi fraternity over the alleged hazing death of Adamson student John Matthew Salilig.

In a press briefer, the DoJ said prosecutors found probable cause to indict Earl Romero (Slaughter), grand triskelion Tung Cheng Teng Jr. (Nike), Jerome Ochoco Balot (Allie), Sandro Victorino (Loki), Michael Ricalde (Alcazar), Mark Muñoz Pedrosa (Makoy) and master initiator Daniel Perry (Sting) for violation of the Anti-Hazing Law of 2018.

According to the DoJ, separate criminal information for violation of the Anti-Hazing Act will be filed before the Biñan City Regional Trial Court.
It added that the respondents will face a physical injury case sustained by another neophyte, Roi Osmond de la Cruz.

In finding probable cause against the respondents, the panel of prosecutors who handled the case explained in its resolution dated 13 March 2023 that all of the respondents planned and actually participated in hazing the recruits by way of paddling.

According to the DoJ, separate criminal information for violation of the Anti-Hazing Act will be filed before the Biñan City Regional Trial Court.

“Based on the evidence presented during the inquest proceedings, the panel gathered that the above-named respondents, together with other individuals who remain at large, recruited John Matthew Salilig, Roi Osmond de la Cruz and two others to join the Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity- Adamson University Chapter,” said the DoJ.

As a requirement for admission into their fraternity, the respondents and other members of the Tau Gamma Phi-Adamson Chapter subjected the recruits, including Salilig, to an initiation and welcoming rites 18 February 2023 at Biñan City, Laguna.

The said rites led to the death of Salilig and injuries to de la Cruz.

“In view of the foregoing, two separate criminal informations for violation of Section 14(a) and 14(b)(1), respectively, of R.A. 8049, as amended by R.A. 11053, otherwise known as the “Anti-Hazing Act of 2018”, will be filed before the Regional Trial Court of Biñan City, Laguna.

To recall, Salilig went missing on 18 February and his family and friends turned to social media to raise awareness about his disappearance. He was last seen wearing a red hoodie at a bus terminal in Manila before he vanished.

A witness revealed that Salilig was present during a welcoming ceremony for Tau Gamma Phi fraternity, wherein he was allegedly hit at least 70 times with a wooden paddle.

After more than a week, Salilig’s body was found in a shallow grave in Imus, Cavite and autopsy showed that he suffered severe blunt force trauma to his lower extremities.


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