STATE prosecutors have ordered the filing of charges against several Tau Gamma Phi fraternity members in relation to the hazing-related death of Adamson University student John Matthew Salilig and the injury suffered by another neophyte member.

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

All of the identified individuals were already under police custody.

The prosecutors said the respondents “planned and actually participated in hazing the recruits by way of paddling,” which resulted in Salilig’s death and injuries to another recruit Roi Osmond Dela Cruz.

Two separate criminal charges for violation of Section 14(a) and 14(b)(1), respectively, of Republic Act (RA) 8049, as amended by RA 11053, otherwise known as the “Anti-Hazing Act of 2018,” will be filed before the Regional Trial Court of Biñan City, Laguna against the individuals.

The DOJ said separate complaints were filed by Dela Cruz and Salilig’s brother against Mark “Ji” Rama, Levi “Salmal” Gianan, Arjay “Snoop” Camangyan, Arjay “Vash/Bash” Arao, Christian “Void” Mercado, Lester “Biggie” Sus, Carlos “Bishop” Rovillos, Earl “Thugs” Ursolino, Aron “Bones” Cruz, Ralph “Scottie” Tan, Armando “Tyler” Hernandez Jr. and a certain “Mc Gregor.”

Two more complainants identified as Alexander Marcelo and Earl Justine Abuda also filed the similar charges against Romero, Balot, Victorino, Ricalde, Pedrosa, Perry, Hernandez, Gianan, Rama, Camangyan, Arao, Mercado, Sus, Rovillos, Ursolino, Cruz, Tan and Mc Gregor.

Salilig’s body was found buried in Cavite 10 days after he left home to attend the fraternity’s welcoming rites in Laguna.

A medico-legal report from the Philippine National Police indicated that Salilig died due to severe blunt force trauma to the lower extremities.

Dela Cruz said he is willing to testify about his and Salilig’s horrific ordeals in the hands of their supposed brothers during the initiation rites. (SunStar Philippines)