Father of hazing victim cries for justice as 8 suspects now missing
By JOEL E. CAPUNDAN
ROXAS CITY â€“ The father of John Angelo Dollete, who died of hazing, is now crying for justice after the eight suspects whose arrest warrants were earlier issued are now at large and believed to have gone hiding.
Philippine Coast Guard OIC Commander Jesus Dollete appealed to the public to give information on the whereabouts of the suspects who are wanted as of press time.
Dollete said that he already learned since December that the suspects have already gone in hiding upon learning that their warrants of arrest were about to come out.
Earlier, Regional Trial Court (RTC) Mambusao issued a warrant of arrest dated January 15, 2009 against the eight suspects who were involved in violating Republic Act 8049 or Anti-Hazing Act in Relation to Art 249 of Revised Penal Code or Homicide.
RTC Judge Daniel Antonio Gerardo Amular issued the warrant of arrest against the officers and members of Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Fraternity and Sorority involved in the initiation rites that resulted to the death of John Angelo Dollete last May 6, 2006 in Sapian, Capiz.
Subjects for arrest warrant are: Demo Machado of RCL Marketing, Kalibo Branch, Kalibo, Aklan; Sangguniang Bayan Member Christian Sander Mendoza of Ivisan, Capiz; Archie Durana of Salgan, Maayon, Capiz; Rhel Reff Patricio of President Roxas, Capiz; Dinkee Mandar of Punta Tabuc, Roxas City; Dexter Alvarez and Ramer Bula of Brgy. Loctugan, Roxas City; and Engr. Roque Isiderio of Consolacion, Mambusao, Capiz.
No bailbond was recommended for the accused. The said suspects are still at large as of press time.
To recall, Dollete, a fifth year engineering student at Capiz State University (CapSU) was declared dead on arrival by attending physicians at the Mambusao District Hospital when he was brought by members of the APO at dawn on May 6, 2006.
The initiation rite was held in Sapian in the evening of May 5 wherein members and officers of APO attended.
Dollete, died on the spot, when he was mauled and paddled by members of the said fraternity.