Sen. Francis “Tol” Tolentino has requested the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to locate the whereabouts of a doctor who allegedly declined to attend to hazing victim John Matthew Salilig while he was fighting for his life.
“Mabibigat ang kaso noon. So kailangan lumabas yun kasi kung tumulong yung (doctor), baka buhay pa si Matthew,” Tolentino said after leading Monday’s Senate investigation on the tragic death of the Adamson University student.
“Sinabi ko sa NBI at kapulisan, try to identify the doctor who failed to render medical assistance kasi violation iyon sa kanyang sinumpaang tungkulin. Kapag na-identify iyon, dapat kasuhan din iyon,” he said.
Salilig, 24, died of severe body injuries he sustained after he underwent the “welcoming rites” of Tau Gamma Phi fraternity on Feb. 18 in Binan City, Laguna.
His body was recovered 10 days later in a shallow grave in Imus, Cavite.
According to Tolentino, one of the suspects, Ralph Benjamin Tan, revealed that the unidentified doctor, who was allegedly a cousin of another Tau Gamma member, known only as alias Lee, went to the house in Paranaque City where Salilig was brought after the initiation rites in Binan.
Tan and four other suspects in Salilig’s death were under the custody of the NBI.
“Yung isang suspect nagsalita siya na mayroong isa silang kasamahan na may pinsang doktor na nandoon na noong naghihingalo na halos si Matthew ay hiningian ng tulong subalit yung doktor hindi tumulong,” said Tolentino.