'No room for violence': Marcos vows justice for Adamson student

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 1) — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday extended his sympathies to the family of John Matthew Salilig, a college student who died due to suspected hazing, underscoring that brotherhood is not measured through violence.

In a Facebook post, Marcos assured the bereaved family that justice will be served.

"John was a child, a brother, a friend, a classmate, and a son of this nation, with a bright future ahead of him," the president said.

Authorities have yet to confirm the cause of the death of the 24-year-old chemical engineering student from Adamson University. 

But the Laguna Provincial Police Office said the victim attended the initiation rites of the Tau Gamma Phi (Triskelion) fraternity in Biñan on Feb. 18, the day he went missing.

The Laguna police have already served a search warrant on the vehicle that carried the student's body to a vacant lot in Imus, Cavite, where he was buried.

READ: Police serve search warrant to suspect in alleged hazing death of Adamson student

"It is not through violence that we can measure the strength of our brotherhood," Marcos said. "There should be no room for violence in our student organizations which our children consider family, and in our schools which they consider their second home."

Various lawmakers have also condemned the incident, with House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez offering a ₱500,000-reward for anyone who can provide information that will lead to the arrest of those involved in the suspected hazing incident.

READ: Lawmakers condemn death of Adamson student, seek perpetrators' arrest