MANILA, Philippines – Less than a week after a student in Manila died after a fraternity hazing, the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City, confirfmed report that another “fraternity incident” happened involving one of its students.
The Office of the Chancellor confirmed with Rappler a statement on a “fraternity incident” first released Thursday afternoon, July 3, on the official Facebook page of UP Diliman.
“The Diliman administration is in touch with the family. They want justice but also want to keep their privacy. We respect their decision and therefore cannot give details about the case even as we continue with our investigation,” UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan said in the statement.
The Quezon City Police District said it has yet to receive a report on the matter.
“Wala pang report na nakukuha ang QCPD. Papupuntahin ‘yung hepe ng station [ng UP Diliman] to inquire,” QCPD chief Richard Albano told Rappler. (QCPD has not yet received any report. The station chief of UP Diliman will be sent to inquire.)
There has been public clamor against fraternity-related violence since a hazing incident occurred on Saturday, June 28, involving college students from the De La Salle-College of St Benilde (DLS-CSB). (READ: DLS-CSB president on frat recruitment: Just say no)
Guillo Cesar Servando, John Paul Raval, Lorenze Agustin, and another 17-year-old man were brought to a boarding house in Makati City around Saturday afternoon for the initiation rites. (READ: Aquino condemns hazing: It ‘escapes any logic’)
After the initiation, they were brought back to One Archer’s Place along Taft Avenue in Manila. From there, the students called Patrol 117 for help. They were rushed to the Philippine General Hospital, but Servando was pronounced dead on arrival.
At least 11 suspects from the Tau Gamma Phi fraternity are believed to be behind the hazing ritual.
There were unconfirmed reports on campus that the UP incident happened even earlier than the hazing involving St. Benilde students, but that the family and the school did not immediately disclose it. – with reports from Bea Cupin/Rappler.com
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