MANILA, Philippines – The Palace on Tuesday condemned the latest incident of alleged hazing that claimed the life of a freshman law student, saying no one benefits from such a practice.
“Nakakagulat po ‘yung nangyari na meron na namang victim of alleged hazing…Sa akin pong pagkakaalam ay inutusan na po ‘nung hepe ng pulis doon na imbestigahan dahil late po yata na-confirm… Kung totoo man na ito ay biktima ng hazing, itigil na po natin ‘yung ganitong cycle of violence. Wala naman hong nagbe-benefit sa ganito e,” Deputy Presidential Spokesman Abigail Valte told reporters.
San Beda 1st year law student Marc Andrei Marcos died after allegedly undergoing the hazing rites of Lex Leonum Fraternity over the weekend.
Marcos had various bruises all over his body, leading his relatives to believe that he died during a fraternity hazing.
Police have arrested a woman who brought the victim to the hospital on Monday.
Social networking sites were also abuzz over the hazing death, which comes just 5 months after the death of San Beda law freshman Marvin Reglos allegedly at the hands of Lambda Rho Beta fratmen.
Party-list group Kabataan also condemned the latest case of hazing to hit the academic community.
“Kabataan Partylist condemns this senseless and dreadful act of violence. We condemn in the most strongest terms the hazing activities and the deaths that arise therefrom for breeding a culture of fear, violence and impunity in schools and universities, which are supposedly centers of free discourse, learning and progressive thought,” said Kabataan Rep. Mon Palatino in a statement.
Youth group Anakbayan, meanwhile, urged influential members of the legal community who are also members of fraternities to finally stand up against hazing.
“We call on the fraternity's alumni, as well as those of other fraternities, many are in important positions in government and society, to help in ending the barbaric tradition of Greek-lettered societies, once and for all,” said Anakabayan national chairperson Vencer Crisostomo.
The Philippines currently has an anti-hazing law. However, its failure to put a stop to incidents of hazing have prompted concerned groups and officials to call for a tougher law. – with a report from Willard Cheng and Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News