Some fratmen in PCCR hazing were drunk – QCPD

Cecille Suerte Felipe, Emmanuel Tupas - The Philippine Star
Some fratmen in PCCR hazing were drunk � QCPD
Kuha sa apat na suspek na iniuugnay sa pagkamatay ng 4th year criminology student na si Ahldryn Leary Bravante, ika-17 ng Oktubre, 2023.
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MANILA, Philippines — Some of the people who allegedly took part in hazing rites that killed Philippine College of Criminology (PCCR) student Ahldryn Lery Bravante in Quezon City were intoxicated with alcohol, police said yesterday.

Brig. Gen. Redrico Maranan, Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director, said witnesses stated that several members of the Tau Gamma Phi fraternity who took part in the initiation rites on Bravante in an abandoned building in Barangay Sto. Domingo on Monday were under the influence of liquor.

“Meron nagsabi na umiinom sila (Some said they were drinking),” Maranan said in a message on Viber. “It was a dangerous combination.”

A medico-legal report revealed that Bravante’s cause of death was severe blunt trauma to both lower extremities.

Maranan earlier said the 25-year-old fourth year student suffered at least 60 blows to the body, which they believed was caused by a wooden paddle.

Bravante also suffered multiple injuries on his neck, arms and shoulder. There were also cigarette burns on his chest and hands.

Six suspects are currently under police custody. They are Justine Artates, Mark Leo Andales, Lexer Angelo Manarpies, Kyle Michael de Castro, John Xavier Arcosa and John Arvin Kaylle Diocena.

Citing the extrajudicial confessions of two of the suspects in custody, National Capital Region Police Office director Brig. Gen. Jose Melencio Nartatez Jr. identified the other participants in the hazing as Alfred Asinero, Alfredo Bautista, James Edcel Robiso, John Gabriel Cayabyab, Adrian Castro, John Lloyd Bautista, Art Rico, Keith Alcazar and a certain Kenneth.

Nartatez has ordered a manhunt for suspects who remain at large. 

‘Same issue, same frat’

Meanwhile, Sen. Francis Tolentino said Bravante’s school should be held accountable as PCCR officials and teachers should watch over their students as second parents.

“That’s the sad thing. I’m just going to release the committee report. Something happened again, and the same issue, fraternity. The same legislature can address the gap, make the schools liable as secondary parents,” Tolentino told reporters yesterday.

The senator was referring to the Senate Blue Ribbon committee report that stemmed from an inquiry in connection with the death of Adamson University student John Matthew Salilig from hazing last February.

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