Frat war eyed in hazing death

Posted at 10/28/2010 11:24 AM | Updated as of 10/28/2010 11:24 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Police are investigating if a fraternity war is to blame for the hazing death of a Grade 6 student whose body was stuffed inside a steel drum and dumped in Manila Bay.

The Manila Police District homicide division said they received reports that Tau Gamma Phi (Triskelion) fraternity severely beat up 15-year-old Noel Borja Jr. during initiation rites upon learning that his parents are supporters of the rival Alpha Kappa Rho (Akrho) fraternity. Borja's body was stuffed inside a steel drum filled with cement, which was then set afloat near the Parola, Tondo area of Manila Bay. 

Police said Ferdinand Palacio, chapter head of Tau Gamma Phi, will face charges of violating the anti-hazing law for Borja's death.

Palacio, who surrendered to MPD authorities, has admitted that Borja was not able to handle the hazing and died Sunday night.

Police said the owner of the house where the initiation rite was conducted will also face charges.

Authorities are also on the lookout for 12 Tau Gamma members who participated in the rite.