Thursday, December 17, 2009

Glacy Monique Dimaranan slain in hazing with adviser present--Second death in month for Royal Scout Brotherhood

Teen shot dead in hazing rites; 6 nabbed

By Maricar Cinco
Inquirer Southern Luzon
First Posted 17:42:00 11/15/2009

Filed Under: hazing, Crime, shooting
CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines -- A 15-year-old girl, believed to be a confraternity neophyte, was accidentally shot to death during the initiation rites in Biñan, Laguna Saturday evening, the police said Sunday.
Senior Superintendent Manolito Labador, Laguna police director identified the victim as Glacy Monique Dimaranan who died of a single gunshot wound in the head.
Labador said Dimaranan was undergoing a psychological test as part of the initiation rites of the Scout Royal Brotherhood (SRB) when a member, identified as Edwin Salandanan, accidentally pulled the trigger of the gun that he was pointing at the victim.
He said Wency Marfil, 15, another neophyte, reported the shooting to the police at around 6:30 p.m.
Police arrested five members of the confraternity, four of them minors and one elder member identified as Richard John Layacan, 28, and the fraternity's adviser Erwin del Rosario, 33, in an apartment in Barangay San Vicente where the rites were held.
Recovered was a slug of a 9mm pistol and documents allegedly used in the group's rites.
Salandanan and another member were able to escape and remain at large.
In a follow-up operation Sunday morning, police raided three suspected safe houses of the confraternity, also in Biñan, and recovered four woodenpaddles that bore SRB's seal, a .22 rifle, assorted ammunitions and illegal drug paraphernalia.
Labador said the police were coordinating with the Department of Social Welfare and Development regarding the arrested minors.
In October, the fraternity's chapter in Cavite province was also held responsible for the death of 21-year-old neophyte Elvis Sinalia.

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