20 summoned to preliminary hearing on Servando case.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday summoned 20 individuals to appear before the first preliminary hearing slated for July 31 on the June 28 hazing incident that killed De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) sophomore student Guillo Servando.
Assistant State Prosecutor Alan Stewart Mariano issued subpoenas against 20 individuals who allegedly took part in the brutal initiation of four Tau Gamma Phi neophytes, including Servando.
He said the three-man panel has set the preliminary hearing of the hazing case for July 31 and August 7.
"They (respondents) were warned that failure on their part to comply with the subpoena shall be considered as a waiver to present their defense in the preliminary investigation and the case shall be considered submitted for resolution based on complainant's evidence," Mariano told the Manila Bulletin.
Last Friday, the NBI and the Makati City Police filed charges of violation of the anti-hazing law against 20 persons in connection with the initiation of Tau Gamma Phi fraternity neophytes, that led to the death of Servando.
Facing criminal complaint for violation of Republic Act 8049, the Anti-Hazing Law, are Cody Errol Morales, who is the Lord Grand Triskelion of the Tau Gamma Phi; Daniel Paul Martin "Pope" Bautista, secretary of the fraternity group; Esmerson Nathaniel "Emeng" Calupas, master initiator of the fraternity; Kurt Michael Almazan, Luis Solomon Arevalo, Carl Francis Loresca, Hans Killian Tatlonghari, Eleazar Pablico III, John Kevin Navoa, Vic Angelo Dy, Mark Andrew Ramos, Steven Jorge PeAaAaAeA~an Mike CastaAaAaAeA~eda, and Justin Francis Reye
Two of four females implicated in the hazing-slay of Servando were Tessa Dayanghirang and Yssa Valbuena.
Jomar Pajarito, the lone witness of the Makati City Police, was also included in the joint complaint-transmittal to be filed by the National Bureau of Investigation and the Makati City Police before the Makati Prosecutors Office today.
The three remaining respondents of the case were only identified by authorities in the charge sheet as alias Bea and alias Kiko while the last respondent was identified only as Jane Doe.
The complaint filed by Servando's father, Aurelio, was jointly endorsed by the National Bureau of Investigation and Makati City Police after parallel probes on the incident.
Lorenze Anthony Agustin, a DLS-CSB student who survived the hazing ceremony, recalled that he was recruited by members of the Tau Gamma Phi-La Salle Chapter last April outside the DLS-CSB campus in Manila.
In his complaint-affidavit, he said that on June 28, the neophytes were brought to the house on Calatagan St., Barangay Palanan in Makati City were they were beaten up by the members of the fraternity.
He said around 11 to 15 Tau Gamma Phi members alternately hit them with a paddle. While they were not blindfolded, Agustin said they were instructed to keep their heads down all throughout the initiation rites.
In recommending the filing of a criminal complaint against 20 individuals, the NBI gave credence to the testimony of the witnesses, including Pajarito, who were present during the initiation rites.