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Fratman in Salilig hazing case surrenders to NBI

Fratman in Salilig hazing case surrenders to NBI

One of the persons of interest in the alleged hazing of Adamson student John Matthew Salilig on Wednesday surrendered to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

In a video taken by GMA News reporter John Consulta, Aron Cruz alias Bones, a Tau Gamma Phi member, was seen entering the NBI-National Capital Region wearing a light gray hoodie.

In a separate video, Lester John Sus, another Tau Gamma Phi member, also subscribed to the affidavit he submitted to the NBI.

Sus surrendered to the NBI on the evening of March 3. He said he had no participation as he left early for an appointment.

In an interview, Sus reiterated that he did not participate in the hazing, saying he was just there to “bond” with the other members.

“Wala po. Hindi ko po nakita kung may sakitan bang naganap. Nandoon lang ako para sa bonding,” Sus said.

(I didn't get involved. I didn't see the hazing. I was just there for the bonding.)

He said he did not know why he was linked to the hazing of Salilig, but suspected it was because he also arrived at the venue.

“Baka siguro kasi andoon din ako ng 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. So baka sinama na rin nila ako,” he said.

(Maybe because I was there from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. So maybe that's why they included me.)

The body of Salilig, 24, was found in a shallow grave in Imus, Cavite on Feb. 28, ten days after he was reported missing.

During a Senate hearing on Tuesday, a witness said that Tau Gamma Phi members decided not to bring Salilig to the hospital after he suffered from a seizure during the fraternity's "welcoming" rites.

Police authorities have filed complaints for violation of the Anti-Hazing Law against six individuals linked to the death of Salilig. —Joahna Lei Casilao/KG, GMA Integrated News