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MANILA, Philippines - Two more alleged victims of fraternity hazing have surfaced to cooperate in the ongoing investigation into the death of first year San Beda law student Marc Andrei Marcos.
The two, whose names were withheld for their own safety, were fetched by Cavite provincial police director Sr. Supt. John Bulalacao from Batangasat at 10 a.m., Friday
Bulalacao said that after "three days of continuous negotiations" with their relatives, the two finally decided to appear before authorities to help pave the way for the resolution of the case.
The two were allegedly with Marcos during the initiation rates in Dasmarinas City last Sunday.
Meanwhile, Jose Vener Ibarra, uncle of Marcos, asked the fraternity co-neophytes of his nephew to surface and communicate with their family.
"You are either with us or kalaban namin kayo [you are our enemies]," Ibarra told Radyo Singko's Todo Balita on Friday.
"Isa pong panawagan lalo na po doon sa mga kasama niyang neophyte, lumantad po kayo at po-proteksyunan po namin kayo. Kung gusto niyong magsalita ng katotohanan, para sa katotohanan, kung ano nangyari sa inyo at nangyari kay Marc. Pero kung hindi kayo magsasalita, ituturing namin kayong kaaway. Ganoon po kasimple iyon," Ibarra added.
[An appeal especially with his (Marc) co-neophytes, surface and we will protect you if you want to tell the truth on what happened to all of you and Marc. But if you refuse to speak, we will consider you as our enemies. It is as simple as that.]
Ibarra also made an appeal to the suspects to coordinate with authorities for the immediate resolution of the case.
"Mahihirapan po kayong gumalaw sa mga susunod na araw kaya para sa ikakatahimik ninyo, mas madali pa siguro na makipagtulungan kayo sa kanila upang iresolba itong kasong ito," he said.
[It will be hard for you to move freely in the coming days. For your own peace of mind, it would be better for you to cooperate with the authorities for the resolution of this case.]
Murder charges have been filed against Gian Angelo Velus, a fourth year law student at San Beda-Alabang, and two helpers, Soledad Sanda, and Marlen Guadayo before the Dasmariñas City Fiscal's Office.
Authorities continue to gather evidence from other neophytes involved in the incident to bolster the charges against the accused, according to Bulalacao.
"Meron na po kaming nakalap na ebidensya laban sa kanila pero patuloy pa rin po kaming naghahanap para makapag-build po tayo ng isang airtight case laban sa kanila (suspects)," he told Radyo Singko.
[We have already gathered evidence and we continue to do so in order to build an airtight case against the suspects.]
Bulalacao said his office might request for a hold-departure order against those believed to be involved in the incident.