Upsilon involved in UP hazing that injured 17-year-old

Jee Y. Geronimo

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Upsilon involved in UP hazing that injured 17-year-old
University of the Philippines Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan says the family of the victim 'will be taking formal legal action next week'

MANILA, Philippines – Another fraternity is in the limelight for the wrong reasons.

The University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman on Friday, July 4, named the Upsilon Sigma Phi fraternity as responsible for the recent hazing incident that severely injured one of its students.

“The family of the victim has authorized me to divulge the name of the fraternity and to say they will be taking formal legal action next week,” UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan said in a statement.

Upsilon Sigma Phi is one of the oldest fraternities in Asia and the oldest student organization of UP. It has no chapters outside UP, and one of its prominent members is UP President Alfredo Pascual. 

Aside from the name of the fraternity, Tan also revealed on Friday that the victim is a minor. The family reiterated their request for privacy.

“The University of the Philippines respects this request and will exert all efforts to protect the identity of the victim, and his family, even after administrative and legal measures are initiated,” he added.

He requested the public to “spare the family further grief as they go through this extremely difficult crisis.”

Tan first confirmed the incident Thursday, July 3, and assured that investigation is ongoing. (READ: Another frat incident, this time involving UP student)

Upsilon Sigma Phi is the second fraternity tagged in recent hazing incidents involving college students.

At least 11 suspects from the Tau Gamma Phi fraternity are believed to be behind a hazing ritual conducted last Saturday, June 28, that killed a college sophomore and injured 3 others. 

De La Salle-College of St Benilde students 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 of the Tau Gamma Phi fraternity. (READ: FAST FACTS: Get to know Tau Gamma Phi)

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. 

There were unconfirmed reports on campus that the UP incident happened even earlier than the hazing involving the St Benilde students, but that the family and the school did not immediately disclose it. –

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Jee Y. Geronimo

Jee is part of Rappler's Central Desk, handling most of the world, science, and environment stories on the site. She enjoys listening to podcasts and K-pop, watching Asian dramas, and running long distances. She hopes to visit Israel someday to retrace the steps of her Savior.