November 30, 2023

QCPD files criminal charges vs suspects in hazing incident

THE Quezon City Police District (QCPD), under the leadership of PBGEN Redrico A Maranan, has taken decisive action in response to the recent hazing incident that occurred on October 16, 2023. Following a thorough investigation, charges have been filed against the suspects responsible for this heinous act.

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU), identified the arrested suspects as Justin Artates Cantillo,  Cavite; Mark Leo Domecillo Andales, both considered Deputy Grand Treskilion (DGT) in their group; Kyle Michael Cordeta De Castro,  treasurer,  Lexer Angelo Diala Manarpies, the Master Initiator (MI). 

The investigation revealed that after the initiation rite, the victim had difficulty breathing and became unconscious, prompting suspects Artates and De Castro to rush him to the hospital, but he was declared dead on arrival by his attending physician. This led to the arrest of the said two (2) while at 1:10 AM on October 17, 2023, while suspects Manarpies and Andales voluntarily surrendered at CIDG QCFU-NCR.

Yesterday, October 18, 2023, two (2) suspects gave their  Extra Judicial confession through the assistance of their counsel Atty. Melvin Bughao where they revealed the names and addresses of the other members of TAU Gamma Phi. 

 On the same date, John Xavier Clidoro Arcosa, 18 years old, surrendered to Police Station 1 of this District with the assistance of his parents  and is now under the custody of CIDU. 

The suspects were charged for violation of  R.A. 11053, or the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018, and robbery before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office. 

A manhunt operation is being conducted for the possible identification and arrest of the other suspects.

“Patuloy ang QCPD na nananawagan sa lahat ng sangkot sa insidenteng ito, lalo sa 11 na napangalanan  na at sa iba pang sangkot na tinutukoy pa ang pagkakakilanlan,  sumuko na kayo para matulungan ang pamilya na mabigyan ng katarungan ang pagkasawi ng kanilang anak. Hindi titigil ang ating kapulisan hanggang kayo ay mahuli at mapanagot sa krimen na inyong nagawa, saad ni PBGen Maranan.