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The Southern Philippines College, the school of three gang rape suspects and their alleged victim. Police have arrested four of five suspects and pressed charges. (photo by Nitz Arancon)

3 studes in gang rape face SPC expulsion

By NITZ ARANCON
Correspondent .

THE dean of the Criminology of the Southern Philippines College (SPC) yesterday said three of the five suspects in the alleged gang rape of a Tourism student on Tuesday night were facing an administrative investigation and a likely expulsion from the school.

Councilor Roger Abaday, who also serves as a dean at SPC, confirmed that three of the suspects were Criminology students at SPC. The alleged victim is also a SPC college student.

Abaday however said school officials would likely start the administrative investigation after a court has decided on the criminal case filed by the police against the suspects.

Pending a court decision, he said, the suspects would remain SPC’s students at least until the end of the semester.

“Ipa-agi gihapon ug proseso ang ilang administrative sanction aron na-a gihapoy ilang due process,” Abaday said.

Police arrested four of the five suspects since Tuesday night when the alleged gang rape was brought to their attention. Arrested and charged were Jemboy Toñacao, 21, of Manticao, Misamis Oriental; Clint Caballero, 18, of Xavier Heights; Junel Pabingwit, 24, of Sto. Niño, Lapasan; and a 17-year-old named Daniel.

A fifth suspect, Jason Veter of Consolacion, is still at large at presstime.

Investigation showed that the suspects and the alleged victim, a 21-year-old SPC student, had been in a drinking binge that night because it was the birthday of one of the suspects. The alleged victim was allegedly abused while she was lying on a bed because she had become so intoxicated.

Police said one of the suspects video-recorded the alleged abuse with his cellphone.

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