Students offer prayers for slain freshman

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Monday, February 10, 2014

FRIENDS of Juan Manuel “Daki” Mandac, the Xavier University (XU) student who was murdered, has called for prayers for justice for the victim.

“God will find a way, we are calling for prayers so that justice will come,” Jasper Alon said, a close friend of Mandac.

Mandac’s body was found in Barangay Balulang, near the Taguanao Bridge, Cagayan de Oro City on February 5.


Mandac left their house late at night of February 3 but failed to return home since that day until his body was discovered. He was a freshman taking up Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Catalina Gaite, communications director of XU, also reiterated the school’s appeal for prayers for Mandac.

She said in the interest of justice, the school supports the investigation of police authorities regarding Mandac’s death.

“XU community has always been active in supporting the calls for justice,” Gaite said, adding obituaries are spread around the campus.

‘No idea’

Alon does not know why Mandac was murdered. He said: “All I can say is that he doesn’t deserve what happened to him.”

He added that Mandac has no enemies. “Bisan pa balihon ang kalibutan, wala gyud siya’y kontra.”

Grachelle Mende, one of the victim’s friends from high school, said what happened to their friend is totally unfair. Mende believed that Mandac did not deserve what happened to him.

“I was shocked when I heard the news about Daki,” Mende said, adding that he could not believe that someone could do it to him.

Mende told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that it is possible that the perpetrators did not intend to kill him.

“It is possible that the intention was to beat him, and not to beat him to death,” Mende said. She said the perpetrators overdone it that led to his death.

Alon agreed with Mende that the killing was not intentional. He said: “Possible nga wala natuyo nga patyon siya -- nahinaykan lang.”

About Daki

Mandac is known to friends as Daki.

Alon said Mandac was the kind of friend that never leaves you in good and bad times.

He added that Mandac would always say “yes” to the requests and demands of his friends.

Mende said he was just “one text away” when she needed him.

“Even in times when Daki doesn’t have money, he would give advices to us. He is like an elder brother to me,” Mende said.

She added that the victim was the type of person who would just laugh out his troubles.

“He smiles even if he has problems,” said Mende.

Mende and Alon both agreed that although Mandac would share things to them, they thought there were things they do not know about him.

With regard Alon’s statement that has a bearing on Daki’s death, he said: “Be doubtful to all things.”

“Daki is always on the go,” Alon added.


On February 6 until the 8th, Mandac’s friends held a mini-concert as a tribute to their slain friend.

The fundraiser was a tribute to Mandac and the money earned would be donated to his family.

Students would print their shirts with #All4Juan and #Juan4All, and other prints like “Justice For Manuel.”

Alon said they are raising funds because that is the only way they could help Mandac’s family.

“And hopefully, his soul will be happy,” said Alon.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 10, 2014.

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