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Death of Marc Andre Marcos in hazing incident recalls beating death of FAMU’s Robert Champion in its brutality: murder charge possible for father/landowner

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MANILA, Philippines—The father of one of the principal suspects in the hazing death of a San Beda College freshman law student is to be included as a respondent in the criminal complaint that the police have filed in the Cavite prosecutor’s office, a police official said Thursday.


Senior Supt. John Bulalacao, Cavite police director, said Angelito “Itan” Velus (not Ethan Velus as earlier reported) will be named respondent in the murder case the police filed on Wednesday against his son Gian Angelo Velus, their cooks Soledad Sanda and Marlen Guadayo, and 20 members of the Lex Leonum Fraternitas in connection with the death of Marc Andre Marcos.


Marcos, 21, succumbed to multiple organ failure as a result of severe injuries in his “lower and upper extremities,” according to the autopsy report of the Philippine National Police’s Crime Laboratory.


“Under the anti-hazing law, the owner of the place where the hazing incident took place is also liable. The law says the owner is liable even if he or she did not know that fraternity initiation rites were held in their property,” Bulalacao said over the phone.


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. 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-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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