Adamson University has launched an investigation into the death of one of its third-year students, whose remains were discovered in Imus City on February 27, over a week after he was reported missing.

John Matthew Salilig, a chemical engineering student, was reportedly last seen leaving his family’s home in Muntinlupa on February 16.

The police were led to his remains by one of the suspects, who was arrested in connection with the case.

Salilig was identified by his brother.

While police have yet to release details about the cause of death, the Tau Gamma Phi-Imus chapter issued a statement in Filipino condemning the death of Salilig, whom it described as a “hazing victim.”

The fraternity is a notorious organization in the Philippines, and hazing is illegal under Republic Act 11053, also known as the Anti-Hazing law.

According to reports, Salilig was a part of the Tau Gamma Phi’s Zamboanga chapter.

Adamson University extended its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Salilig and promised to assist the authorities in their inquiry. The institution also advised the public to avoid circulating unverified details about the case and emphasized its unwavering dedication to maintaining a secure environment for all members of its community, including students, instructors, and staff.

According to Cavite police director Col. Christopher Olazo, Salilig’s body was in an advanced stage of decomposition, but visible injuries were found on the student.

The university has encouraged all students to be mindful and vigilant of their activities, both inside and outside the campus, and to contact the Office for Campus Security and Safety when feeling unsafe or uncertain.

The Office for Student Affairs is also always open for concerns.