OFW mom of QC hazing victim arrives in PH

OFW Cherryl Bravante Wearing Facemask
Cherryl Bravante (second from right) arrives at NAIA Terminal 3 on Oct. 20. 2023. Her son, 25-year old criminology student Ahldryn, died in an alleged hazing by Tau Gamma Phi-PCCR chapter fraternity. (Photo via Ariel Fernandez)

The overseas Filipino worker (OFW) mother of a criminology student who died allegedly due to hazing returned to the Philippines on Friday, Oct. 20, to mourn the death of her son.

Cherryl Bravante said the death of her son, 25-year-old criminology student Ahldryn, prompted her to go home and seek for justice.

Bravante arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 at 11:07 a.m. via a Gulf Air flight from Oman. She was assisted by staff from the the Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OWWA) upon her arrival.

In an ambush interview, Bravante said that she will see to it that all members of the Tau Gamm Phi fraternity who performed the initiation on her son will be prosecuted.

"Lahat sila gusto ko sila maparusahan dahil mahirap. Gusto ko managot lahat hindi lamang dalawa sa mga miyembro ng nasabing fraternity (I want all of them to be punished. I want them to be held accountable, not only two members of the said fraternity)," she said.

Ahldryn, a resident of Imus, Cavite, died several months just after his older sibling also perished in an accident.

"Kababalik ko lang sa trabaho dahil ilan buwan pa lamang namatay naman ang isa ko pang anak (I just came back to work because my other child also died a few months ago)," Bravante shared.

According to the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), Ahldryn underwent initiation rites from his fraternity brothers at the Tau Gamma Phi. 

The initiation was held in an abandoned house on Calamba Street, Brgy. Sto. Domingo, Quezon City last Oct. 16.

Atfer the initiation, Ahldryn fell unconscious and was brought to the Chinese General Hospital in Manila by two of his fraternity brothers where he was declared dead upon arrival, police said.

At least four suspects tagged in the incident were placed under the custody of the QCPD.

Based on the investigation by the police, Ahldryn sustained bruises and cigarette burns from at least 60 blows on his body.