8 frat members arrested for hazing death of college student in Davao City

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) — Local authorities arrested eight fraternity members involved in the fatal hazing of a college student in Davao City.

The victim was identified as August Ceazar Saplot, a student at the University of Mindanao (UM) and a "pledgee" of the Alpha Kappa Rho Fraternity. His body was found in Buhangin District, Davao City last Sunday.

Police immediately arrested the suspects: Jeremiah Obedencia Moya, Leji Wensdy Ofecio Quibuyen, John Lloyd Garciano Sumagang, Harold Joshua Sagaral Flauta, John Steven Baltazar Silvosa, Ramel John Potenciano Gamo, Gilbert Escodero Asoy Jr., and Roseller Andres Gaentano.

They will face charges for violation of the Anti-Hazing Law.

Six more suspects are being tracked, authorities said.

The UM condemned the "senseless and deplorable incident in the highest possible consternation and dismay."

"The university is also offering its unqualified grief to the victims' families," it added.

The UM had banned all fraternities since the enactment of the Anti-Hazing Law.

"The AKRHO Alpha Delta fraternity is not a recognized organization in the university, including all their illegal activities and roster of membership... However, since they are students at the university, they bring disrepute to the name of the institution," the UM said.