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10 Tau Gamma members in hazing identified

  • Written by Jeffrey C. Tiangco
  • Published in Provincial
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AT least 10 members of the Tau Gamma Sigma Sorority and all students of Lyceum of the Philippines University involved in the latest hazing incident in Las Piñas City that almost killed an 18-year-old Tourism student, who is a daughter of a mayor in Batangas, have been identified.

Chief Supt. Tomas Apolinario Jr., Southern Police District (SPD) director, said the identities of the suspects were provided by the victim herself, Larissa Colleen Alilio.
   
Apolinario, however, declined to disclose the names of the 10 students pending an investigation.
   
He said investigators have taken Alilio’s statement in her hospital bed.
   
“Nakausap na namin siya at naibigay niya ’yung mga pangalan pero hindi pa namin maibibigay sa ngayon,” Apolinario said.
   
He also disclosed that  investigators from the SPD and the Manila Police District (MPD) are eyeing some 30 more members of the sorority group, who have yet to be identified, for investigation.
   
Charisma Alilio, mother of Colleen, told reporters that her daughter’s condition has been stable but doctors are still observing her after her internal organs showed signs of severe “damage”.
   
She added that she already provided police names of some 15 sorority group members involved in the hazing but was advised not to reveal it with the media while investigation is ongoing.
   
She also disclosed that another “young man” underwent initiation rite in a separate room, the day her daughter was subjected to the same initiation rite.
   
She said 20 girls were assigned to conduct the rites to her and another 20 was assigned to the young man while they were in two separate rooms.
   
Investigation showed that Colleen was allegedly invited by her classmates to join an outing in Las Piñas City but was instead taken to an abandoned house on Ocampo St. where the hazing took place.
   
Police said the suspects are facing charges of violation of RA 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law with a penalty of six to 12 years of imprisonment.