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2006 Filipino death update: News Today Online – Iloilo City,Iloilo,Philippines

Father of hazing victim cries for justice as 8 suspects now missing

By JOEL E. CAPUNDAN

ROXAS CITY – 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.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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