Netizens condemn 'senseless' hazing

Posted at 07/01/2014 1:59 AM

MANILA - Social media users condemned fraternity groups that use violence in their initiation rites following the death of a sophomore student at the De La Salle - College of Saint Benlide (CSB) due to hazing.

The victim, Guillo Cesar Servando, was found dead Saturday in a room at the One Archers Place condominium in Taft Avenue, Manila.

The Manila Police District (MPD) said they are now looking for members of the Tau Gamma fraternity who were allegedly behind the hazing of Servando.

The MPD also released a CCTV footage on Monday showing Servando being dragged out of an elevator inside the condominium.

On Monday, TV Patrol asked social media users, "Tingin mo ba, talagang hindi maiiwasan ang karahasan sa pagsali sa fraternity?"

Majority of the netizens who responded to the question said they do not see the point in requiring frat neophytes undergo hazing when non-violent options are available.

Others also questioned the meaning of brotherhood of fraternity groups that use violence in their initiation rites.

Some social media users said joining a frat is not even relevant for a student to graduate.

Netizens urged the government to add teeth to the Anti-Hazing Law so that incidents such as Servando's death would never happen again.

Meanwhile, a lawmaker urged colleges and universities to recognize fraternities and sororities to better monitor their activities following the death of Servando.

Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin T. Gatchalian said school administrators should re-examine their policies of banning fraternities and sororities, saying this is a major reason hazing activities continue to be held in secret.

"I think it is high time that universities and colleges reexamine their policy of banning fraternities and sororities in their campuses. The more you ban fraternities, the more they will go underground and conduct their activities sub rosa," he said.--report from Lord Bien Lelay