Persons of interest behind hazing of John Matthew Salilig identified

A fraternity neophyte accompanied by John Matthew Salilig appeared and positively identified six persons of interest in the hazing of the Adamson University student that led to his death.

In Jonathan Andal’s report in Unang Balita this Thursday, Roi dela Cruz announced that he and Salilig underwent the initiation and welcome rites together in Biñan, Laguna.


According to the report, Dela Cruz went to the Biñan Police Wednesday night and identified six persons of interest who were invited to the station to give their respective statements about the hazing that happened.

Dela Cruz said that while the initiation rites were being performed, he heard someone asking Salilig if he was okay, while the chemical engineering student said, “I’m fine.”

According to Dela Cruz, his recruiters told him he would only receive 12 to 24 beatings in his initiation rites because there is already a law against hazing.


However, Dela Cruz said he received about 70 strokes. In addition, the suspects also dripped wax from the candle on his body and removed it by hitting him with a belt.

Based on the autopsy, “severe blunt force in the lower extremities” was the cause of Salilig’s death, according to the report.

Persons of interest behind hazing of John Matthew Salilig identified

“Lahat po full swing pero may isang nagbigay po ng… Iniisip ko na what if mag-quit na lang ako kasi baka mamatay ako baka hindi ko kayanin. Siguro mga 20, parang ayoko na. Masakit po talaga,” said Dela Cruz.


One of the persons of interest identified by Dela Cruz is the leader of the Tau Gamma Phi – Adamson University chapter, Tung Cheng Teng Jr.

Biñan Police acting chief of Police Lieutenant Colonel Virgilio Jopia considered the case “solved.”

“By the arrest of the most or officers of this fraternity chapter, we can consider this case solved, but not case closed. I am convinced we have an airtight case,” said Jopia.

The police also traced the house in Barangay Casile in Biñan where the hazing occurred. According to the police, Dela Cruz and another witness identified the house that reportedly belonged to the parents of one of the fraternity members.

According to the police, persons of interest informed Tau Gamma members in Biñan about the place of initiation and welcome rites because they could not find a place in Manila.

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