14 frat members in 'hazing' death cleared
MANILA – The case against 14 members of the Lex Leonum fraternity, who were accused in the death of San Beda law student Marc Andrei Marcos due to hazing in July 2012, has been dismissed.
The Marcos family is still in a state of shock after receiving a copy of the decision last September 9, which was penned by of Judge Perla Cabrera Faller on August 15.
Marcos’ aunt, who is also the family lawyer, said they grieved his death all over again.
“’Yung outright dismissal of this case, at this early in the case, is completely unprocedural. Kaya hindi kami makapaniwala, una sinabi mo mayroong probable cause then all of a sudden sasabihin mong wala pala, so where is justice there?” said Atty. Mariemeir Marcos Rivera.
But after a few days, they have regained their resolve to see the case till the end.
They will file a motion for reconsideration within 15 days.
They are also studying other options to question the court's decision, which Rivera said was a violation of procedure.
Judge Faller had issued a warrant of arrest against the accused, only to recall it last June.
In its dismissal order, the court said there was no one to blame for the death of Marcos.
The judge also junked the testimony of the state witness and sided with the defense.
“Biglang sasabihin na hindi sapat ang testimonya ng isang state witness, it’s not in accordance with jurisprudence ng Supreme Court,” said Rivera.
Despite the hurdles, the Marcos family still has faith in the justice system.
But they are more than ever aware that the battle ahead will be long and hard.